By Sandra Rose  | 

Erica Garner declared bain dead by doctors at Woodhull hospital

Doctors at Brooklyn's Woodhull Medical Center declared Erica Garner brain dead -- five days after she suffered a massive heart attack. Family members were called to the hospital to say their goodbyes before Garner, 27, is removed from life support.

The person updating Garner's Twitter account complained on Tuesday that NYPD officers banned them from the intensive care unit where Garner has been since she suffered a heart attack on Saturday.

The relative tweeted Wednesday that a CAT scan revealed that she had suffered brain damage “from lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest."

The Twitter account dismissed a "rest in peace" tweet from Brooklyn city Councilman Jumaane Williams who indicated Garner had died.

"As we sent prayers sorry to hear the news. RIP @es_snipes. That family still needs us #Garner," Williams tweeted.

“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Garner’s mother, Esaw Snipes, told the NY Daily News. “Physically she is still with us.”

Erica became a vocal activist against police brutality when her father Eric Garner died after a New York City police officer placed him in a chokehold in 2014.

She suffered her first heart attack after delivering her 2nd child -- a son -- in August. At the time, doctors diagnosed her with an enlarged heart that was discovered after she gave birth.

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

  • Rayne

    Lord please have mercy on this very young, young lady.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Oh no prayers for the family

  • imright

    27, smh so sad ??

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Wow only 27.

  • ShWa

    So sad prayers out to the Garner family.

  • Noirluv45

    I hope she pulls through. She was so vocal about how wrong her father's death was. She's so young.

  • Diva4lyfe

    OMG Lord keep her covered and I pray strength over this family.

  • EScrazy

    I had a heart attack at 29 they installed a stint and I walked out like it was nothing. I thank God everyday I’m still breathing after reading something like this...God Be with the family Lord knows they’ve suffered enough

  • bashi

    Asking for comfort for this family

  • Shawty

    Wow...babies will be without their mom's. Sad!

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    RIP sista. Ladies please take care of your health.

  • Vicki White

    I had one seven years ago and people dont think young people don't have cardiac arrest symptoms or heart attacks.

  • Vicki White

    Did her daddy have heart problems? I wonder if enlarged heart is passed down. I pray God sends healing and prosperity to her mind. I gotta won't he do it mentality

  • Coffee1st

    It's been happening more often over the past couple of years, I've noticed. I'm glad you're okay.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Prayers of comfort for that family

  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • leapyearpisces


    I am gonna post my comment here in hopes you will see it, but thank you (Amanda Davis post). I KNEW you would do her right, and remove the mugshot picture, because no matter what people think about you, I know deep down inside you good peeps, you just need to be reminded of that from time to time. :-).

  • Scromes1212

    Sad story smh I know it was a hard decision taking her off life support but it's always the best decision, in my humble opinion. RIP. Gone to soon smh

  • TMW

    My husband passed from heart failure at the age of 40, some of it caused by a congenital defect that went undetected and untreated all his life. Not a smoker, casual drinker, athlete - very healthy - until he wasn’t. I know that loss this family is feeling, and I’m praying peace beyond understanding for them.

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  • JRock

    Rest in heaven, Erica.

    This family has been through a lot. Prayers up for Erica and her family.

  • Li

    Somebody bring me up to date. I was following Garner's case up to the end of the trial and remember the family sued the City and got a sizable award, in the millions; right? But wasn't there two families? Wasn't Eric Garner living with one woman and married to another? Who got the award?
    And if the daughter got some of the money, did she have enough to buy health insurance? What am I missing here?

  • Li

    It was implied that Garner died because of heart problems and not because of the choking. The choking probably exasperated his condition, but yes, he had heart problems and I believe hpb. But the city settled, if I remember.

  • Li

    I'm angry at the black women who walk around with hundreds of pounds of weight and say IT'S OKAY to love yourself.....LOSE SOME DAMN WEIGHT!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, there was a settlement, but it was real messy.
    This might answer some of your questions:

  • TxCyn

    “Stent” and I’m glad you had an awesome recovery !

  • lil goodie

    Auntie.... whatever happened to the little girl that was brain dead and her family moved her to a medical facility because they felt like she would be restored I haven't heard about her in a while and not sure how to Google it... do you have any updates on her..

  • ???TheRider???

    Her name is Jahi McMath.

  • GradyBaby

    Awwww damn. Sorry to hear that

  • Malcom Flex

    Where's the simps? That's her real hair, as if it matters.

  • unknown user

    Still in a facility if you can believe that... Her mother says she is at times responsive. Its been about 4-5 years :(

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Condolences and prayers to the family and her babies.

  • dontgetblocked

    Truly sad.

  • Allihave2say

    The brain sends the messages to the body on life functions. If the brain is dead, it can not manage the body and therefore death is present. That's why the disconnection from life support brings death, the brain can't sustain the body.

    To this family we stand with you, we rest with you. May the Lord bless and comfort you all. Amen.

  • Guest©

    My dear friend had a massive heart attack this past summer and died. That thing messed me up for a minute. God rest his soul. I'm dlad you survived!!

  • tintin

    A heart attack at 27 goes to show that no matter how old these things happen

  • tintin

    A heart attack at 27 goes to show that no matter how old these things happen

  • SweetTEE

    hearing this made my heart sad.


    Sad. Poor babies who lost their mom. Prayers for the family.

  • Brazen Beauty

    My sincere condolences on behalf of the entire family.

  • Brazen Beauty

    On another topic, why is Al Sharpton always standing somewhere??
    What purpose does he serve ,and who is he helping (himself)?