Former Kentucky Wildcats star Karl-Anthony Towns has always been a family man, and his parents have always been very supportive of him.
In the last week, the health of his parents has been compromised and he took to social media to tell their story as a cautionary tale for the rest of us.
“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 video.
Both of his parents started feeling under the weather, and Towns and his sister encouraged them to seek help. They eventually did, and his mother was admitted to the hospital as his father was put in quarantine. While tests have not confirmed the diagnosis, all signs point to COVID-19 as being the cause of their illness.
At one point, his mother seemed to be improving. And almost as suddenly as the symptoms hit, she took a turn for the worst and was placed onto a ventilator and put into a medically-induced coma.
“She was feeling great,” Towns said. “We talked, and she felt she turned the corner; I felt she was turning the corner. I knew there was more days to come, but I felt that we were heading in the right direction. They said that she went sideways and things had went sideways quick. 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.”
Towns says that his mother is the head of their household, that she is “the boss.”
“She’s been in a medically induced coma,” he went on to say. “Since that day, I haven’t talked to her, haven’t been able to obviously communicate with her. 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.”
Towns’ plea here is for everyone to take this seriously. He says that this is a serious, deadly disease and that those taking it lightly need to stop. You can see the entirety of his video below. Prayers to Towns and his family, and all those suffering due to the coronavirus.