Coronavirus: Karl-Anthony Towns says mom in coma after showing symptoms

NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns took to social media late Tuesday night and said his mother has been in the hospital for a week, dealing with health issues he believes were caused by coronavirus, ESPN reported.

Towns, who plays center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, released an emotional video that revealed his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, is in a medically induced coma and was put on a ventilator.

At first, Towns said his mother began to feel better, but then took a turn for the worse, the network reported.

And her lungs were extremely getting worse, and she was having trouble breathing and they were just explaining to me that she had to be put on a ventilator.

Before his mother became ill, Towns donated $100,000 to the Mayo Clinic to help it accelerate coronavirus testing efforts, the Star-Tribune reported.

He said his family urged him to post video, and despite nearly breaking down in tears, Towns said he wanted to raise awareness about the seriousness of COVID-19.

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