Sad news for Eric Garner’s family. Erica Graner, the daughter of the late police chokehold victim, has reportedly been declared brain dead after suffering her second heart attack this year.
According to the NY Daily News Woodhull Hospital doctors reached out to the family early Thursday morning so they could come down and say their final goodbyes to the 27-year-old mother-of-two.
Erica’s mother Esaw Snipes said the family is believing she will pull through, “We got the wrong information, she’s not gone,” she said. “She’s still here with us. She just needs some time to heal, that’s it.”
Erica has been hospitalized in ICU for the last five days after an asthma attack triggered her most recent heart attack on Christmas Eve. She welcomed a baby boy in August of this year whom she named after her late father. She also has an 8-year-old daughter.
A worker for Erica also posted an update on her condition on official Twitter account saying:
Update: Cat scan shows Erica suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest. Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much.
— officialERICA GARNER (@es_snipes) December 28, 2017
Erica became an activist after her father Eric Garner was killed in 2014 when NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold on Staten Island. His death sparked nationwide outrage and launched Erica to take action in memory of her father.
Rev. Jesse Jackson and Shaun King have also called for prayer for Garner and her family.
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) December 28, 2017
I just visited the hospital to see Erica Garner and family.
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.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) December 28, 2017