ABOVE PHOTO: Erica Garner, 24, the daughter of Eric Garner, who died in New York City police custody, poses for a photo as she attends the funeral for Freddie Gray, Monday, April 27, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a Baltimore Police Department van.(AP Photo/Amanda Meyers)
NEW YORK — The daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner is close to death but still showing her fighting spirit after a massive heart attack nearly a week ago, family members told the Daily News Thursday.
Relatives and friends rushed to Woodhull Hospital Thursday to visit Erica Garner, who became an outspoken critic of police brutality after her father’s death in 2013.
“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Garner’s heartbroken mother explained early Thursday. “Physically she is still with us.”Family members tell the Daily News that 27-year-old Erica Garner went into cardiac arrest Saturday night.
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.
Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, says her daughter’s cardiac arrest was triggered by an asthma attack.
Snipes-Garner says her daughter suffered her first heart attack not long after giving birth to a baby boy in August. Doctors said the pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged. Sources: New York Daily News