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Mother of Timberwolves star in coma during COVID-19 fight

Towns posted an emotional and halting nearly six-minute video on Instagram, sharing details his mom, Jacqueline Cruz, has contracted the coronavirus.

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Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32, center) and guard D'Angelo Russell (0, left) listen to coaching instruction during a time-out Feb. 10, 2020, against the Toronto Raptors in the first half at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. Dan Hamilton / USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns’ shared early Wednesday morning his mother is in a medically induced coma as she battles COVID-19.

Towns posted an emotional and halting nearly six-minute video on Instagram, sharing details his mom, Jacqueline Cruz, has contracted the coronavirus.

Fighting tears, Towns said Cruz and his father, Karl Towns Sr., weren’t feeling well early last week. After they didn’t show signs of improvement, Towns said he and his sister advised them to get tested for the pandemic.

Towns said his father is now at home in quarantine at home, but his mother wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital.

Cruz’s condition included a 103-degree fever and cough, but Towns expressed encouragement the next medicine would help her. She "went sideways," with her having trouble breathing and necessitating a ventilator, Towns said.

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Towns choked up in the video over how she was deteriorating daily.

"She was telling me things I didn’t want to here, so I had to dismiss some things she was because I didn’t want to hear," Towns said on social media. "It came to a point where it’s difficult. It’s very difficult for me and my family, to say the least."

Towns said he loved her and encouraged her to stay positive. He has not been able to communicate with her since that unknown day she was put in a coma.

"I’m making this video so that people understand the severity of this disease is real," Towns said. "This disease needs to not to 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 higher your chances of getting this disease. This disease is deadly. It’s deadly.

"We gonna fight it me and my family. We gonna win. Hope my story helps."

On March 15, Towns said he would donate $100,000 to Mayo Clinic to aid in testing for COVID-19. The NBA season was suspended over coronavirus on March 11.

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Source: Minnesota Department of Health

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