Natasha speaks first words after attack

June 8, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

Natasha McShane has spoken her first words since she was attacked on a Chicago street almost seven weeks ago, her family has said.

The 23-year-old student from Silverbridge was walking home from a night out with her friend, Stacy Jurich, when the pair were brutally beaten by a man using a baseball bat.

The attack left Natasha fighting for her life and, suffering massive head injuries, she was kept in a drug-induced coma for three weeks.

Since the April 23rd attack, Natasha has consistently shown small signs of improvement and this week she was able to communicate with her parents for the first time.

Natasha’s grandmother, Bernadette McShane, confirmed that she is able to smile and speak to her parents.  She said the family remains positive that Natasha will recover fully and appreciates every small step she takes on the road to recovery.

Natash’s friend Stacy Zurich was less seriously injured in the assault and was released from hospital a short time later

A man and a woman, Heriberto Viramontes (30) and Marcy Cruz (25), have been charged with the attack and face a total of 25 charges including attempted murder and aggravated unlawful restraint.