The COVID-19 outbreak just got way too real for Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In an emotional Instagram post, Towns revealed that his mother Jacqueline Cruz is on a medically-induced coma due to the coronavirus and had to be put on a ventilator.
Towns added that his father is now on quarantine following his release from hospital.
"I talked her when she went there and told her I loved her. Every day I always told her how much I love her," Towns said.
Sharing my story in the hopes that everyone stays at home! We need more equipment and we need to help those medical personnel on the front lines. Thank you to the medical staff who are helping my mom. You are all the true heroes! Praying for all of us at this difficult time.
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"She was telling me things I didn't want to hear so I dismissed some things she was saying because it wasn't something I want to hear. It came to a point where it's difficult, it's been very difficult for me and my family to say the least. She's been in a medically induced coma. Since that day I haven't talked to her," he added.
With his mother in the hospital, Towns calls for everyone to take the virus seriously.
The 24-year-old center is also trying to be strong and hold it together for his mother, hoping that she makes a full recovery.
"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," Towns said.
"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," he added.
Earlier this month, Towns joined fellow NBA players in the fight against COVID-19.
The Timberwolves star donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic, helping those who need testing for the coronavirus.
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