By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns made an emotional announcement regarding the coronavirus early Wednesday morning via Instagram. He admitted that his mother is suffering from the COVID-19 in the video.
He also said that his mother is in a medically-induced coma, as her condition deteriorated. He said towards the end of the video that his mother will beat it.
Also in the video, he said that his father, Karl, was also sick. We were able to confirm on Wednesday night through sources that his father also has the coronavirus.
“The Timberwolves organization extends its support and prayers to Jackie and the entire Towns family during this difficult time,” the Timberwolves said in a statement. “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.”
According to the Johns Hopkins Resource Center, there have been 471,783 cases worldwide, as of March 26, 2020 at 12:43 am EST. China is leading the world with 81,727 cases, followed by Italy with 74,386 and the United States with 69,171.
In total, there have been 21,306 deaths, including Italy leading the way with 7,503 deaths. Spain is next with 3,647 and China is third with 3,169.
The United States is not tallied as a whole, but individual cities, as New York City, New York, has had 280 deaths. King, Washington has had 100 deaths. The third next state or location in the United States is New Jersey with 44.
Yet, 114,858 people have survived. China leads the group of these locations with 61,201 recovered individuals. Iran is next with 9,625 and Italy is third with 9,362.
“I think it’s important that everyone understands the severity of what’s happening in the world right now with the coronavirus, and I think where my life is right now could help, so I decided to do this video and give you an update of where I’m at,” Towns said during a nearly six-minute video posted to Instagram. “I was told early last week my parents weren’t feeling well. My first reaction to her was to go seek medical attention immediately. There’s no reason to wait, just go to the nearest hospital. And after a couple days of not showing any signs of improvement, I was very adamant on the first day to go to a hospital and seek further evaluation.
“Specifically, my sister told her she needs to get checked for corona. I don’t think anyone really understood what it was, with deteriorating condition. She kept getting worse, she kept getting worse, and the hospital was doing everything they can.”
Towns is hoping, like he said, that his parents will be able to beat this. 616 people have recovered in the United States through the data provided by this resource center.
“She just wasn’t getting better,” Towns continued. “Her fever was never cutting from 103, maybe go down to 101.9 with the meds, and then immediately spike back up during the night. She was very uncomfortable. Her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse. She was deteriorating. She was deteriorating — and we always felt that the next medicine would help. This is the one that’s going to get it done. This mixture is going to get it done.”