Bat Attack Victim Opens Eyes Briefly

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    LONDON - JANUARY 24: In this photo illustration the Job Centre Plus website is reflected on an eye, January 24, 2009 in London, England. Government figures released earlier in the week put the number of people out of work in December 2008 at 1.92 million, its highest level since September 1997. (Photo illustration by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    One of the victims of a brutal bat attack briefly emerged from her drug-induced coma Friday and opened her eyes, reports the Chicago Tribune.

    Natasha McShane has been in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital since being attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat in Bucktown last Sunday.

    McShane's family is hopeful that her brief moment of consciousness is a good sign.

    Stacy Jurich, a second victim in the attack, as able to leave the hospital earlier this week. She received 14 staples in her head.

    Neighbors and friends held a prayer vigil for McShane Thursday night at Chicago's Old St. Patrick's Church.

    "By coming out like this this evening, we're saying, 'This is not acceptable.  This violence should not take place.  The people, visitors, citizens should be able to walk the streets of their city in safety without being attacked,'" said Fr. Karl Langsdorf.