Party for ‘miracle’ Natasha to mark milestone birthday

September 19, 2016

The miraculous recovery of assault victim, Natasha McShane from Silverbridge, was at the centre of celebrations at a party on Friday last to mark her 30th birthday.

Natasha was the guest of honour at the event in the Lisdoo, Dundalk where dozens of family and friends joined her for the special occasion.  The entertaining night was testament to the young woman’s marvelous resilience since she sustained serious injuries in a street attack in Chicago more than six years ago.

Natasha and her friend Stacy Jurich were viciously beaten and robbed while walking home from a night out in April 2010.  Their attacker, Heriberto Viramontes (35) was later convicted and handed a 90-year jail sentence, while his accomplice Marcy Cruz was sentenced to 22 years.

The promising student, who had been studying at the University of Illinois at the time, suffered traumatic head injuries in the attack.  Since then, her return to health has been an arduous process but Natasha has defied the odds and continues to confound medics.

Her mother, Sheila, said the party was all Natasha’s own idea which she spent the last number of months meticulously planning.

“She wanted to have a party and organized it all herself,” Sheila told The Examiner.  “All her friends were there and she was on the floor dancing all night.  Our friends and family, people who have been there for us throughout the last six years, were all there.  It was a celebration of Natasha’s life because there’s no doubt she is a wee miracle.”

Having overcome countless obstacles and intensive treatment, for the past three years Natasha has attended weekly classes with neurological physiotherapist, Dr Gopalan Sivakumaar (Goshi), who was among the guests at Friday’s event.

Sheila credits much of Natasha’s remarkable progress with the unique therapy Dr Goshi offers at his rehabilitation clinic in Newry.

“It was Goshi who got Natasha walking and talking,” she said.  “When she first went to him three years ago, she was wheeled in in a wheelchair and now she’s fully mobile and even goes to the gym several times a week.”

Natasha’s positive outlook and sheer determination is undoubtedly a decisive factor in her ongoing recovery and we in The Examiner take this opportunity to echo the happy birthday greetings to this remarkable young woman.