Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns detailed losing his mom to COVID-19 complications in an emotional video he posted to his YouTube channel. In late-March, Towns announced in an Instagram post that both of his parents tested positive for the coronavirus.
On April 13, NBA star Towns made the hardest decision of his life when he pulled the plug on his mother Jackie-Cruz Towns. "At that moment I pulled the plug and just let her pass," Towns said, as revealed on ESPN.
"They told me she may be alive another hour, maybe two." Towns' mom suffered a stroke while she was in a medically induced coma and there was no recovering for her after that. Towns learned the news after he was called by his father.
"He was just like, 'She's gone. She had a stroke during the night and she's gone.' I said, 'Has she taken a step back? What's the next step?' Because in my mind, I'm just thinking about [next] steps," Towns said.
"He had just told me those doctors thought there was no way for meaningful life from her after this stroke."
Towns then made the hardest decision of his life
"It just got to a point where it was harming her," Towns said.
"I gave her all the time, and I made the hardest decision you can make. I called my sister, I told her what the decision I made was. You've got to live with that. I made that decision." It has been more than half a year since Towns lost his mom and he is still learning to how hope with her death.
"I think for me, I think if I was to say how am I coping and how am I healing from this, I'm trying to heal myself through others," Towns said. "I'm trying to do as much as I can for my sister and my father.
Trying to take care of my friends, and I'm trying to heal myself through them," Towns said. "It's helped, but I think that one day, and I know it's creeping up, I feel it every day, it's gonna creep up and I'm going to have to find a way to deal with it, actually.
That's why I wanted to do this [interview]. I thought this would be therapeutic for me to admit that these things are real and how I feel is real and being able to try to find some normalcy. Life is a game, and I'm just playing one chess piece at a time."