Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reveals mom in coma with coronavirus

Ross Houston
March 25, 2020

Karl-Anthony Towns, a Jersey-born National Basketball Association star, fought back tears early Wednesday morning as he revealed that his mother is fighting for her life with the coronavirus.

In an emotional video posted on Instagram on Tuesday night, the Timberwolves center explained his mother is connected to a ventilator and in a medically-induced coma.

After being told last week that both his parents weren't feeling well, Towns forced his parents to seek medical attention immediately. There's no reason to wait, just go to the nearest hospital. "I was very adamant on the first day to go a hospital and seek further evaluation".

"I don't think anyone really understood what it was ... she kept getting worse, she kept getting worse". Her lungs were getting worse.

"She just wasn't getting better", Towns said.


"During the night she was very uncomfortable". Towns says his mother's fever was high and not improving, and her cough and lungs were getting worse.

"We always felt the next medicine would help or the next one would help". This is one that's going to get it done. "This mixture is going to get it done".

Cruz, who is a native of the Dominican Republic, has been a fixture at Towns's games throughout his development as a five-star recruit in New Jersey, a top overall pick after a one-and-done season at the University of Kentucky, and a five-year career with the Timberwolves.

While Towns Sr. was released to self-quarantine at home, where he remains, Cruz was held at the hospital, where her condition began to deteriorate.

"She was feeling great", Towns said in the video.


"She was deteriorating", Towns said. "I knew there were more days to come, but we were heading in the right direction". But then, "things went sideways quick", he said. I've just been getting updates on her condition.

Now, Towns, who donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help it ramp up its coronavirus testing efforts before his mom fell ill, said he is trying to maintain a positive attitude for himself and his family to get through this ordeal.

"I talked to her when she went there and told her I loved her", he said.

The two-time NBA All Star spoke of the heartbreak, revealing after having spoken to his mum every day, he's now unable to speak with her. "Since that day I haven't been able to talk to her". It's very hard for me and my family, to say the least.


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