The daughter of the late Eric Garner is reportedly in a coma in the hospital and fighting for her life.
According to the New York Daily News, Erica Garner, an outspoken activist since her father’s death in 2014, had a heart attack on Saturday evening and was determined to be in critical condition. Her family told the publication that Erica was in a coma in the ICU at a Brooklyn hospital and unable to breath on her own.
“(She) is still with us,” Esaw Snipes-Garner told the Daily News. “She’s fighting.”
Her mother said that the 27-year-old’s heart attack was brought on by an asthma attack she suffered on Saturday. Her late father also struggled with asthma according to Erica. She reportedly has been in bad shape since having her second child, a son she named Eric, back in August. Soon after, Snipes-Garner said her daughter went into cardiac arrest for the first time and it was revealed that she had an enlarged heart. The pregnancy had put strain on it.
Erica, who is also the mother of an 8-year-old daughter, is said to still be putting up a fight, and her family, particularly Snipes-Garner, is hopeful and prayerful that she will come out of everything okay.
“She’s not doing well and we’re praying.”
Erica has been quite the figure in the fight against police brutality since Eric Garner died after being placed in a banned chokehold by NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in 2014. The two encountered one another in Staten Island over the alleged sale of untaxed cigarettes, this after Eric reportedly broke up a scuffle that had taken place.
In 2015, Erica spoke about her mission to make a difference in the wake of her father’s passing.
“I’m not antipolice, but I hate what they did to him,” she said in Marie Claire. “He broke up a fight right before he died, and I am going to do my best to continue another fight—to prove that #BlackLivesMatter and that my dad’s did, too.”