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Chicago fundraising for Natasha tops $400k

Over $400,000 has been raised to support the family of Natasha McShane, the young Northern Ireland student who battled back from the brink of death following a vicious assault on the streets of Chicago.

An estimated 3,000 people attended two benefits held in tandem on the south and north sides of the city on Sunday, adding to money raised from previous fundraisers and cash in jars in bars across the city.

Shay McShane, one of the benefit organisers, said: “We are happy with what we have raised and think overall it's going to be more than $400,000.”

“It's amazing,” said the Co Antrim man, who is no relation to Natasha.

Natasha is recovering in a rehabilitation unit in Chicago and will undergo a further operation later this month, to reattach a portion of her skull that had to be removed in the immediate aftermath of the April 23 attack.

The family hope to have her back home four to six weeks after that operation.

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