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Police Brutality Victim Eric Garner’s Daughter Erica Is Brain Dead After Having a Heart Attack

The daughter of police brutality victim Eric Garner went into a coma on Saturday when she had an asthma attack that later triggered a heart attack. Five days later, the doctors at New York’s Woodhull Hospital declared 27-year-old Erica Garner brain dead with no chance of recovery.

Garner’s CAT scan revealed that the brain damage stemmed from “lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest,” according to her Twitter account. Family members have been called to the hospital to say their goodbyes. 

After the infamous 2014 death of her father due to him being caught in a police officer’s chokehold (a banned action), Garner began to speak out in support of Black Lives Matter. She became a well-known advocate for the cause while mothering two children. According to the New York Daily News, she previously suffered a heart attack after delivering her son this past summer. Doctors stated that the pregnancy had “stressed her already enlarged heart.” 

Controversy surrounding the treatment of Garner’s family at the hospital has appeared on Twitter as reports of the NYPD clearing loved ones from the hospital surfaced.

Fellow activists and friends of Garner have also flooded to social media to comment about the stress that people fighting for justice often face throughout their lives.

As of Thursday night, Garner remains on life support. 

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