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Natasha McShane (2nd from right)

Natasha McShane (2nd from right)

Alan Lewis

Natasha McShane was hit from behind by a thug wielding a baseball bat in USA

Natasha McShane was hit from behind by a thug wielding a baseball bat in USA

Alan Lewis

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast    24-4-2010Natasha McShane who was hit from behind by a thug wielding a baseball bat in USA and is now fighting for her life, Her parents from Silverbridge in South Armagh have flown out to be with her.

Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 24-4-2010Natasha McShane who was hit from behind by a thug wielding a baseball bat in USA and is now fighting for her life, Her parents from Silverbridge in South Armagh have flown out to be with her.

Alan Lewis

Natasha McShane

Natasha McShane

Alan Lewis

Brian Cowen with Natasha McShane receiving her bursary schiolarship.

Brian Cowen with Natasha McShane receiving her bursary schiolarship.

Alan Lewis

Natasha McShane from Silverbridge in south Armagh

Natasha McShane from Silverbridge in south Armagh

Natasha McShane (2nd from right)

Chicago is to host a day dedicated to the Northern Irish student viciously beaten during a baseball bat mugging.

Natasha’s Day, in honour of Natasha McShane, will be held on June 13 and will be marked with a number of huge fundraisers across the US city.

The 23-year-old from Silverbridge, Co Armagh, was left fighting for her life after being assaulted while walking home from a night out in Chicago on April 23.

She spent weeks in a medically induced coma but opened her eyes for the first time on May 7.

Since then, the Queen’s University graduate has been moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for further treatment. She is expected to remain in hospital for months.

The two suspects have now been charged with attempted murder.

Heriberto Viramontes and Marcy Cruz had previously been charged with aggravated battery and armed robbery.

Belfast Telegraph