Erica Garner has reportedly suffered massive brain damage due to a lack of flow of oxygen during her previously reported cardiac arrest episode.
According to NY Daily News reporter Shaun King, who has been covering the Eric Garner death saga since the beginning, today (December 28) tweeted that Erica's condition is serious.
I just visited the hospital to see Erica Garner and family.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 28, 2017
She has not passed away.
She does have limited brain function but doctors say they see some activity. Her condition is no doubt critical, but the family was encouraged this afternoon.
Do not write her obituary.
Other news outlets had been reporting that Garner was completely brain dead and even suggested that she was nearing death.
Erica Garner, the oldest daughter of police brutality victim Eric Garner, is reportedly on life support after suffering a heart attack on Saturday (Dec. 23).
Garner’s mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, confirmed the 27-year-old’s condition with the Daily News. According to Snipes-Garner, Erica’s cardiac arrest was brought on by an asthma attack. “(She) is still with us. She’s fighting,” Snipes-Garner said.
Tanya Goode, Garner’s foster mother, revealed the severity of her condition. “She’s not doing well and we’re praying. Erica is on life support. She can’t breathe on her own. So, she’s not doing well,” she explained.
Garner, who recently welcomed her second son in August, reportedly suffered from cardiac arrest a few months ago. According to the Daily News, Garner’s most recent pregnancy unknowingly “put a strain on her heart, which doctors discovered was enlarged.”
Erica Garner gained notoriety as a advocate against police brutality in the wake of her father, Eric Garner’s tragic death in 2014. He was placed in an illegal chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo on Staten Island.
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