A STONE was discovered lodged in Natasha McShane's throat after she was rushed to hospital following a random street assault in Chicago, a court heard yesterday.
The Cook County Criminal Court was hearing evidence from the trauma surgeon on duty in the emergency room of Illinois Masonic hospital when McShane and her friend Stacy Jurich were first admitted.
And McShane's injuries were so serious that a brain surgeon was immediately told of her admission.
Trauma surgeon Dr Marius Katilius said McShane suffered a traumatic brain injury, with blood discovered both inside and outside the skull.
Three separate lacerations were discovered and there was blood in her hair, on her scalp and face.
There was “a lot of blood,” Dr Katelius said.
But he also revealed that following a scan “an opaque structure in the back of the throat” was identified.
The medical team “pulled out a stone from the back of the throat.”
The attempted murder trial of Heriberto Viramontes earlier heard dramatic evidence from Stacy Jurich, who also suffered serious injuries in the attack.
In testimony, McShane's friend described the moment she was hit.
“I heard my head being hit and I felt an excruciating pain and sort of lost my equilibrium,” she told the court.
“Stupid bitch,” her attacker whispered as he snatched her purse and ran. Jurich said she never saw a face as all her attention was directed towards her friend.
“She was not moving on the ground. The blood started coming out of her head,” she recalled.
Viramontes, 34, is charged with two counts of attempted murder and 23 other charges linked to his alleged involvement in the April 23, 2010, attack, Apart from Jurich, the trial has also heard testimony from Sheila McShane, Natasha McShane's mother.
She described how her daughter remains severely disabled, unable to walk without support, incapable of conversation and barely able to communicate.
The jury saw video footage of McShane as she was helped to walk and of her struggling to pick and drink from a cup of tea.