Late on Wednesday, Karl-Anthony Towns, in a YouTube video, revealed that his mother Jacqueline Cruz is in a medically induced coma and had to be put on a ventilator.
The Minnesota Timberwolves big man also shared that his mother had been hospitalized for the past week due to health complications from what he believes to be COVID-19.
"She's been in a medically induced coma. Since that day, I haven't talked to her, haven't been able to obviously communicate with her," Towns said. "I've just been getting updates on her condition. It's rough, and day by day we're just seeing how it goes. We're being positive; I'm being very positive. So I'm just keeping the strength up for everybody and my family.
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"[My family] told me to make this video so that people understand that the severity of this disease is real. This disease needs to not be taken lightly. Please protect your families, your loved ones, your friends, yourself. Practice social distancing. Please don't be in places with a lot of people; it just heightens your chances of getting this disease, and this disease ... it's deadly. It's deadly. And we're going to keep fighting on my side, me and my family, we're going to keep fighting this. We're going to beat it; we're going to win."
The Timberwolves released a statement on Cruz, KAT's mother:
"The Timberwolves organization extends its support and prayers to Jackie and the entire Towns family during this difficult time. Jackie is a part of our extended family and we, along with the rest of the NBA and its fans, will fight this battle with the Towns family. We are proud of Karl's commitment to helping others, most recently with his donation of $100,000 to Mayo Clinic to further testing for COVID-19. Our organization is supporting all of our players' and staff's families to ensure they are up to date on how to stay safe, and where the nearest testing facilities are located. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this pandemic."
Towns' NBA fraternity showed their support as well:
We're with you brother!!! We'll keep praying @KarlTowns- Joel "Do a 180" Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) March 25, 2020
Stay strong @KarlTowns God has got you ❤️🙏🏾 https://t.co/krEvbzRXnI- Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 25, 2020
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