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Erica Garner in Coma After Apparent Asthma-Induced Heart Attack: Family, Colleagues

"Please pray for Erica right now," her official Twitter account said

What to Know

  • The young woman's father, Eric Garner, died after a white cop put the man, who is black, in a chokehold while arresting him in 2014
  • The case sparked nationwide protests and outcry, and Eric Garner's daughter, Erica, became a vocal advocate against police brutality
  • She was hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest, a condition her mother said was triggered by an asthma attack

The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold in a high-profile case several years ago that sparked nationwide protests remained hospitalized in critical condition Tuesday, days after suffering a heart attack that her mother said appeared to have been triggered by asthma.

Erica Garner's official Twitter account said Tuesday morning that the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner remained in intensive care, more than 48 hours after family members told the Daily News she had gone into cardiac arrest.

The account, which one of "Erica's workers" appeared to be using to tweet updates on her health, according to a Christmas Eve tweet, earlier tweeted "she is in a coma" and asked followers to "please pray for Erica right now."

The coma appears to have been induced, because the account tweeted around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday that, "they are supposed to be bringing her out of her coma in less than an hour" and that her "support" had been cleared from the floor. 

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 Erica Garner's pregnancy had put a strain on her heart, which was later found to be enlarged.

The young woman's father, Eric Garner, died after a white police officer put the man, who is black, in a chokehold while arresting him on Staten Island in 2014. Erica Garner became a vocal advocate against police brutality.

Asthma also plagued her father. While the medical examiner determined Eric Garner's death to be a result of neck compression from the police chokehold, the autopsy report cited asthma, obesity and heart disease as contributing factors. Eric Garner's death was ruled a homicide. A grand jury opted not to indict the officer seen on video administering the chokehold, a tactic prohibited under NYPD police, prompting more rallies from New York City to Boston.  

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