By Sandra Rose  | 

Eric Garner in a medically-induced coma in ICU


The daughter of Eric Garner is in a medically-induced coma after suffering another cardiac arrest. Erica Garner, who protested against police brutality after her father died in 2014, is in critical condition at Woodhull hospital after suffered a heart attack on Saturday night.

Doctors say Erica had an enlarged heart which was discovered after she gave birth to her son in August. The 27-year-old suffered her first cardiac arrest a month after her son was born.

Erica's mother told reporters her daughter was in a medically-induced coma.

A family member who is updating Erica's Twitter account complained that heavy-handed NYPD officers banned her and other family members from Erica's ICU room while doctors weaned her off the sedative medication.

On Tuesday morning, the family member tweeted:

#NYPD cleared me out of the ICU leaving Erica BY HERSELF WITH NO EXPLANATION ... We are at woodhull hospital. They are supposed to be bringing her out of her coma in less than an hour and the #NYPD cleared her support from the floor with no explanation.

"They are saying that they mixed up the list of people who had permission with the people who don't. Until they figure it out all visits are dead. Problem is, I have been up there all night with an official pass from the hospital!"

Doctors often ask hospital security (or police) to clear out the ICU when they wean patients off meds so they can determine if Erica is responding to verbal or tactile (touch) commands. Patients are also weaned off of sedatives to determine if they can breathe on their own without a ventilator.

Visitors are also asked to leave if a doctor performs any procedure on the patient. The intensive care area is often off-limits to more than 1 visitor at a time and there are long blocks of time when NO visitors are allowed in intensive care.

This is just common sense -- the patients in ICU are critically ill and they are often in the same room with no privacy.

The family member later tweeted that officers allowed them back into the room.

Eric Garner died after he was put in a chokehold by a NYPD cop on Staten Island. His death set off days of violent protests in New York.

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

  • Dystaney Kimble

    They are worried and I can't say I blame them .

  • Noirluv45

    Having spent many a day in the ICU with my mom after she was intubated, I understand leaving the room when they have to extubate or what have you, but not the whole unit. There is usually a waiting room, so I don't understand.

    I cannot believe she's 27-years-old. She's so young and has a long life ahead of her. I hope she recovers. It would be terrible for her baby to grow up without a mother. It's so sad. Sending prayers her and her family's way.

  • Noirluv45

    I should've continued to read. I'm glad they were allowed back in.

  • Tammie Reed

    #Prayers this family has been through so much turmoil geesh!

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Nothing Merry or Happy about this. Hope she came out alright.

  • Roderick2011

    So the hospital doesn't have its own security?


  • klwbaby

    The hospital my mom works at,they have their own security. The only times police had to show up was when someone tried to kidnap a baby and when a man committed suicide.

  • Rayne

    I’d be scared and worried too.

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Prayers for her healing.

  • SumthinSweeter

    People with no knowledge of hospital/patient procedures and policies of course will become upset. They could have easily have had a nurse, social worker or pastoral care person speak with the mom.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Good truthful write up Sandra ... These folks doing their job .... Why is that folks always run straight to social media to whine ...??? These folks doing their job.... Let em ....

  • Bam Bam Li

    You can understand why them this family in particular would be skeptical of a little worried after what they've been through. In hindsight they could have asked someone why they were being asked to leave etc, but after all that's happened to them I am sympathetic to their ignorance ?????

  • Nathan Hastings

    The hospital staff probably called in the police after these niggas failed to follow orders given by medical personnel/security to the leave room. Y'all know niggas don't listen.

  • TxCyn

    ICU patients do NOT ever share the same rooms - at least not in the USA. Not at all allowed Sandra.

  • Julia Lyons

    This is so difficult for me. My mom was 27 when she died of heart failure. I was 2 years old. I get emotional when young children lose their mother.

  • IamAllnatural

    Exactly, who can they trust after what happened to Eric.

  • Li

    Skeptical? Do the think the doctors are going to kill her?

  • Li

    From what I read of this, the family wasn't following orders to "clear out" or move away and they had to call the police. Hospital usually has security, so I don't know why security wasn't there -- but maybe they were and couldn't clear the family out.

  • Li

    I see another lawsuit coming....against the hospital....for whatever the outcome will be.

  • Just sayin’

    So what does this have to do with Eric Gardner, who died because he was OBESE and had a heart attack, because he was doing something illegal, just saying!

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    I know you're serious but I'm laughing at how you said it. ??.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    Social media and hospitals don't go together.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Soooo, Erica Garner posted this while in said coma? I'm confused..:/

  • Disgustd

    Like that's unheard of. The book, Medical Apartheid by Harriet Washington & the publicized cases of: Tuskegee, Henrietta Lacks, the so-called father of gynecology, as well as others during the 18th century, forcibly using slaves to test out medical procedures & the case of Vertus Hardiman, who was left with a LITERAL hole in his head after being irradiated by hospital staff as a child without his parents permission--confirm that the medical establishment has been killing, maiming, experimenting on black people since slavery. So why would it be unbelievable to think they could deliberately put her life in jeopardy. The hippocratic oath is the hypocritic oath in the US.

  • chaisun

    Interesting take on how he died. Really interesting.

  • Bam Bam Li

    Not the doctors, but the police. If you've ever survived what they have, I'd feel a little more than paranoid too unfortunately ?????

  • AHardAct2Follow

    Drop that knowledge!

  • unknown user

    Some hospitals have sheriffs around the clock, holding cells, etc

  • Noirluv45

    Oh, I see. Thanks for clearing that up for me, Li. It looks like they possibly wanted to stay in the room while they were trying to do a procedure and they didn't want to leave. Now it makes sense.

  • shelly

    Police can’t ban her family from her room. Stop with these conspiracy theories

  • Faux Gibbler

    Goof ball. Her family tweeted it from her account.

  • Faux Gibbler

    That means you can be at risk too. Get your heart checked.

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  • Julia Lyons

    I do. Every year I have bloodwork done and i have to go to the doctor every 3 months. I can't play around.

  • Julia Lyons

    Thank you!

  • Jen_no_juice

    Sooo being choked by cops had NOTHING to do with his death???? Oh ok *eye roll*