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UPDATED: 11:40 a.m. EDT, Dec. 28 — Erica Garner was “brain dead” as of Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack last weekend, her mother said.

“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Esaw Snipes told the New York Daily News. “Physically she is still with us.”

Garner “suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest,” her official Twitter account tweeted on Wednesday night.

The news was heartbreaking for a family that saw its patriarch, Erica’s father Eric, be killed by New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who had employed a banned headlock during the death. Eric Garner’s final words were, “I can’t breathe.”

The younger Gardner’s heart attack, which was reportedly caused by complications from asthma, came less than a week after a state court of appeals denied a motion to make public Pantaleo’s disciplinary records. Earlier in the year, Pantaleo had escaped being indicted for the elder Gardner’s death over selling untaxed loose cigarettes.

Erica Garner, activist and daughter of Eric Garner, was hospitalized after a heart attack. The New York Daily News is reporting she is unable to breathe on her own.

Erica, 27, is the mother of two-children. Her mother Esaw Snipes-Garner told The New York Daily  News, “(She) is still with us. She’s fighting.” Esaw revealed the heart attack was a result of an asthma attack on Saturday night. Erica gave birth to a boy in August and “after that pregnancy, Erica suffered a first cardiac arrest a few months ago, her mother said. The pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which doctors discovered was enlarged — a condition Erica had not been aware of.”

Erica Garner is the daughter of Eric Garner, the man who was killed on July 17, 2014, when NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo restrained him with an illegal chokehold. Pantaleo was never indicted.

Our thoughts go out to the Garner family.

SOURCE:  New York Daily News


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