Esaw Snipes-Garner has announced that her 27-year-old daughter Erica Garner, who suffered a heart attack and "major brain damage" from a "lack of oxygen,” is now "brain dead." Doctors confirm she has "no chance of recovery."
Author and race educator, Wikipedia Brown tweeted of Garner's health status, "The whole racism-causes-toxic-stress-on-our-bodies thing is more than just an interesting article. It’s life or death."
Award-winning documentarian Yance Ford reitered this sentiment regarding Garner's heart attack and subsequent brain condition in a tweet that reads, "Injustice writes itself on the body. We need to treat this as a public health crisis as well as an issue of criminal justice reform."
He added, "The pernicious lack of legal accountability when black lives are snuffed out. The cost of failure of due process is high and often deadly." Ford wrote and produced Strong Island, a documentary about the murder of his unarmed brother, William, by a white mechanic on Long Island, New York in 1992, when Yance was 19. The mechanic was aquited and the case never went to court.
Reverend Al Sharpton, who visited the unconscious Erica and her family in the Brooklyn hospital told the New York Daily News, Erica "was a warrior. She was a real activist, she was always involved. From three years ago, she never stopped. She was always at rallies, she was always calling me — 'Reverend, we'll do this. Reverend, we'll do that. We'll do it your way, then I'm gonna do it different than you."
“It's just sad to see her laying there and not the active Erica that we know,” he added.
Late Wednesday night, Erica's official Twitter account was more hopeful than today's news reading, "Cat scan shows Erica suffered major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest. Please continue to pray hard for Erica and pray for her family and kids just as much."
"She is still in a medically induced coma. Doctors will continue to monitor her over the next few days,” read Erica's official twitter account earlier in the day. “We appreciate your individual and collective prayers," it said.
Garner who turned an activist after her 43-year-old father, Eric Garner's tragic death in July 2014 has been an active voice in the fight against police brutality toward people of color in the U.S. The last words of her father after a white policeman put him in a chokehold, "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry and were instrumental in launching the monumental movement, Black Lives Matter. There were no indictments made by the grand jury in the case which spurred nationwide protests.
Garner, a mother of two, gave birth to her youngest child in August when she suffered a first heart attack, Snipes-Garner told the New York Daily News.