Chicago assault victim transferred to rehab unit

The young Irish woman who was left fighting for her life after a brutal baseball attack in the US has been transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Natasha McShane (23), a graduate student, had been at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since she and friend Stacy Jurich were beaten by a robber in Chicago three weeks ago.

Miss McShane, from Silverbridge in Co Armagh, came out of a coma on May 7, but her family said she had “limited” brain activity.

Last night her grandmother Bernadette McShane said her grandaughter was a fighter. “I’m not giving up on Natasha,” she said.

“If anybody will pull through, she will. Everyone at home is hoping and praying to God for good news. She’s out of a coma, but there hasn’t been a lot of change in her condition yet.”

Natasha was transferred from hospital to the rehabilitation centre on Saturday evening, according to her grandmother.

Her 24-year-old American friend Stacy — who attended a fundraiser for Ms McShane two weekends ago — was released earlier this month and is being rehabilitated as an outpatient.

The young women were attacked in the early hours of April 23 by a man who beat them unconscious with a baseball bat.

A man and woman have been charged with the attack.

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