Update: Doctors at Woodhull hospital have advised the family of Erica Garner to say goodbye to the young activist on Thursday. The New York Daily News reports after suffering a heart attack on Saturday, she’s been declared brain dead with no chance of recovery.
Original story: The 27-year-old daughter of the late Eric Garner suffered a heart attack Saturday. CNN reports Erica Garner, who became a prominent activist following the 2014 choking death of her father by police in Staten Island, remains in critical condition.
The mother of two was in a medically induced coma after an asthma episode caused the heart attack. She was placed on life support at Brooklyn’s Woodhull hospital, according to a Twitter account that has been posting updates on her condition. Her father also suffered from asthma. His unwarranted death further propelled the Black Lives Matter movement, and his dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry to end police brutality.
Garner’s mother, Esaw-Snipes Garner, told the New York Daily News that although her daughter remains in critical condition, the family is optimistic.
“She’s still with us,” she told the publication. “She’s fighting.”
Her mother also said Saturday’s crisis wasn’t the first time Garner experienced heart problems. She suffered an attack after the birth of her second child in August, which is when doctors discovered she had an enlarged heart.
Garner’s Twitter account, which is being updated by one of her workers, according to the page, says she was supposed to come out of the coma Tuesday morning but the update has yet to be verified.
#NYPD cleared me out of the ICU leaving Erica BY HERSELF WITH NO EXPLANATION … We are at woodhull hospital. They are supposed to be bringing her out of her coma in less than an hour and the #NYPD cleared her support from the floor with no explanation.
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 26, 2017
This story will be updated accordingly.