NBA star Towns' mum in coronavirus coma

Karl-Anthony Towns' mother is in a medically induced coma as she battles coronavirus

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is urging fans on social media to protect themselves after his mother was placed in a medically induced coma as she battles coronavirus.

Towns said in an emotional video posted to his Instagram page that both of his parents went to the hospital after feeling ill for a few days.

While his father was discharged to quarantine, the health of his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, "kept getting worse" because her cough and fever weren't improving.

The Timberwolves confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that Cruz has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

"She just wasn't getting better," the 24-year-old Towns said.

"She was very uncomfortable. Her lungs were getting worse, her cough was getting worse.

"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."

Towns said in the video that he hopes his story helps others during the coronavirus pandemic and that "everyone understands the severity of what's happening in the world right now."

Towns' club issued a statement on Wednesday that read: "The Timberwolves organization extends its support and prayers to Jackie and the entire Towns family during this difficult time. 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 thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this pandemic."