Karl-Anthony Towns’ mother has been battling COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus that has been taking over the world in recent weeks.
She is currently in the hospital and the doctors have induced her into a coma, as she battles. His father is under quarantine, but seems to be recovering. Towns told everyone about his family’s battle, in an Instagram post last night/early morning. It’s gut wrenching. Stay the fuck home, people. Do your part.
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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.
“I think it’s important that everyone understands the severity of what‘s happening in the world right now, with this coronavirus and I think… where my life is right now, could help…
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.
After a couple days of not showing any signs of improvement, I was very adamant on the first day, to go to the hospital and uh, seek further evaluation… specifically me and my sister told her that she needs to get checked for corona. I don’t think anyone really understood what it was… you know, with the deteriorating condition.
She kept getting worse, she kept getting worse…”Karl-Anthony Towns on Instagram above
KAT is telling you something straight from our worst fucking nightmare, as we watch everything around the world fall apart, in front of us. Yes, we’ve seen what is happening in Europe and China… but, now it is hitting home.
Unfortunately, this isn’t going to be the only story we hear, that is much like this one. I took this brief pause in quoting Karl, to remind everyone again… this is serious. Please do what you can. To most, that is staying home. To others (lawmakers, doctors, nurses, other essential employers/employees), do what you can to help.
Now, KAT is about to get personal and share the story of how his mom’s condition deteriorated at the hospital.
“The hospital was doing everything they can… I was doing everything I could… still am. She just wasn’t getting better.
Her fever was never cutting from 103… maybe go down to 101.9, with the meds, and then immediately spike back up during night. She was very uncomfortable. Uh, her lungs were getting worse. Her cough was getting worse.
She was deteriorating…. she was deteriorating.
We always felt that.. the next medicine would help, the next one would help, this is the one that was gonna get it done, this mixture is gonna get it done… um… sorry… um.”Karl-Anthony Towns Instagram Post Above
KAT’s dad is also battling COVID-19, but is doing much better than Mrs. Towns. He is under mandatory quarantine at home, as he recovers and prays for his wife to join him again soon.
I can’t imagine feeling that powerless. Your wife is fighting the battle of her life and you can’t be there to help in any way. This is as scary as it gets. Karl goes on to give us more information about his dad and tell us about some of the last conversations he had with his mom, before she was medically-induced into a coma.
They released my dad with quarantine… mandatory quarantine… but my mom was not allowed to leave. Both of them got tests. Both didn’t get the results… you know, for a long time. We all assumed my mom had COVID-19, due to just the symptoms she was exhibiting and… she was deteriorating daily.
The day that she was feeling great, umm.. we talked and she felt she turned a corner… I felt she was turning the corner. I knew there were more days to come but, you know, I felt that we were heading in the right direction.
Then, they said that… you know, she went sideways… and things went sideways quick… and her lungs were extremely getting worse and she was having trouble breathing…
They were just explaining to me, that she had to be put on a ventilator. She was getting worse… and she was confused by everything and I’m trying to talk to her about everything. You know, courage and stay positive and… you know, just talking through everything with her.
I talked to her before she went there and told her I loved her. Everyday, I always told her how much I love her. She was… telling me things that I didn’t want to hear so… I dismissed some things she was saying because it wasn’t something I wanted to hear.
It came to a point where, you know… it’s difficult… very difficult for me and my family, to say the least. She’s the head of our household. She’s the boss.
She’s been in a medically-induced coma… um… since that day. I haven’t talked to her… haven’t been able to, obviously, communicate with her… just getting updates on her condition… it’s rough.Karl-Anthony Towns Instagram Post Above
Karl goes on to talk about how he is trying to remain positive and that he is keeping his family positive. He says, he only made the video for awareness purposes. He wants everyone to know how serious this virus is and the deteriorating disease it can cause.
Don’t take this shit lightly. Pray for, and keep the Towns family in your thoughts.
The severity of this disease is real. 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 highers your chances of getting this disease and this disease is not….
…. it’s deadly. It’s deadly. We’re gonna keep fighting. Me and my family are gonna keep fighting this. We’re gonna beat it. We’re gonna win.Karl-Anthony Towns Instagram Post Above
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan