Trauma surgeon testifies in Bucktown bat-beating case
The parents and siblings of beating victim Natasha McShane arriving at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune)
Dr. Marius Katilius said Natasha McShane was only opening her eyes in response to pain after arriving at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Katilius said McShane was intubated because of his concern that she could lose her ability to breathe on her own.
Physicians also made an unusual discovery when McShane’s head was imaged – a stone in the back of her throat.
No explanation was provided for the stone, but on Wednesday Jurich testified that she saw McShane “lifelessly” collapse face first onto the pavement after being struck in the head with the baseball bat.
According to testimony on Wednesday from McShane’s mother, Sheila, her once vibrant and gifted daughter has been left so severely injured from the 2010 attack that she can no longer talk and struggles with simple tasks like drinking from a cup.