Eric Garner's daughter Erica declared brain-dead after heart attack

29 December, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Jason Torres
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Erica Garner, 27, slipped into a coma after her brain was starved of oxygen following a heart attack on Saturday, just days before Christmas, the New York Daily News reported.

The 27-year-old firebrand remained in grave condition on life support Thursday, her mother Esaw Snipes said. "Physically she is still with us".

It was a haunting reminder of her father's last words. The elder Garner had been put into a chokehold by an officer with the New York Police Department and could be heard pleading, "I can't breathe!" She soon became a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement.

After their father's death, Emerald, the third oldest, created a fund through Indiegogo to raise money for the Garner siblings.

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It also pushed Erica Garner into activism. After giving birth to her son, who is named after her father, four months ago, Garner went into cardiac arrest.

Doctors said at the time the pregnancy had taken a toll on her body and found that her heart was enlarged. His daughter became an activist after his death, even appearing in a campaign ad for then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "She was surrounded by friends and family and will be truly missed by the CBS46 family", the station captioned the photo of Davis. Miller says she was shunned by the Garner family.

Many on Twitter noted that her death from a heart attack at such a young age spoke to the huge tragedy the Garner family has already lived through, and the often stressful experiences of activists and black women. Her lawyer said she believed grief and emotional trauma was at least partially to blame. The city of NY settled with Eric Garner's estate for $5.9 million in July 2015.

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