Natasha begins rehab therapy

May 25, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

The young Silverbridge woman left fighting for her life after a brutal attack in Chicago has been transferred to a rehabilitation unit, her family has said.

23-year-old Natasha McShane continues to make progress since she was beaten unconscious with a baseball bat as she and a friend walked home from a night out on April 23rd.

Natasha emerged from a coma earlier this month and has shown small signs of progress since.  Last weekend she was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she will undergo intensive rehabilitation therapy.  This is expected to continue for some considerable time.

Her parents, Liam and Sheila, have remained in Chicago with their daughter since the attack.

Natasha’s grandmother, Bernadette McShane, says her condition has improved and she is off the critical list but remains seriously ill.

Having begun the rehabilitation therapy, medical staff continue to see small, positive signs and are happy with the progress Natasha is displaying, she said.

An exchange student, Natasha had been attending the University of Illinois in the city and had been out celebrating receiving an internship when she and her friend Stacy Jurich were attacked.

A man and a woman have been charged with the attack.


Meanwhile a number of fundraisers are being organised in the area to help offset the cost of Natasha’s medical care in America.

This Saturday 29th May at 4pm a Lorry Pull will take place from Fords Cross to the Kabin, Creggan.  After the event there will be refreshments served in the Kabin, followed by entertainment with Rio and a disco that night.

Silverbridge Harps GAC is organising a special fundraising night to be held on Saturday 5th June in the Resource Centre commencing at 9.00pm.

Well known and popular local band Applejack will provide the main entertainment, followed by a disco.   There will be a number of items up for auction on the night as well as spot prizes to be won. All proceeds are in aid of the Natasha McShane fund and everyone is welcome to attend.