Karl Sr. and Towns' mother, Jacqueline Cruz, both began feeling ill last week and were subsequently taken to the hospital. While Towns' father was released and instructed to self-quarantine, the Minnesota Timberwolves star released an emotional video announcing his mother had been placed in a medically induced coma while remaining on a ventilator because of COVID-19.
Towns wrote he posted the video to spread awareness about the seriousness of the virus, to ask for more medical equipment and to thank all of the health care workers who are putting themselves on the front lines of this battle.
"[My family] told me to make this video so that people understand that the severity of this disease is real," Towns said. "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.
"... 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."
Towns said his mother waited a few days after becoming sick to seek treatment and had seemingly begun to improve before her condition worsened and she was placed in a medically induced coma.
Towns felt it was important to share his experience so that others don't have to go through the same.
"I hope my story helps," Towns said. "I hope my story gives you the correct information. Send my love to all your families. I'm praying for every single one of you guys. Give everyone my thoughts and my prayers, and life may keep throwing punches at me, but I'll keep getting back up. And I ain't going to quit at any time, and neither will my whole family, neither will my mother. Dominican women are strong, I know they are. My mother is the strongest women I know, and I know she'll beat this, and we're going to rejoice when she does."