Boy rescued from sand at Indiana Dunes ‘doing well,’ doc says

A young child who was buried under 11 feet of sand at the Indiana Dunes is doing well and may be able to leave the hospital in a couple of weeks.

Nathan Woessner, 6, of Sterling, Ill., has been at Comer Children’s Hospital since his rescue on Friday.

Nathan Woessner

Nathan Woessner

The boy was buried in the sand for several hours on the slopes of Mount Baldy, on the eastern edge of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Nathan’s grandfather and pastor of a church in Galva, Ill., Don Reul, believes his grandson’s survival is a miracle.

“In the pages of the Bible, you read about all the miracles,” Reul said at a news conference today.  “And it’s exhilarating to read about those miracles in the Bible, but this one came home to us.”

Dr. Tracy Koogler, medical director of the pediatric intensive care unit at the University of Chicago Medicine, says that she hopes to have Nathan’s breathing tube out by the end of the week. He could possibly be out of the hospital in 10 to 14 days, she said.

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2 comments

  • Caring

    That will be awesome to see you leave the hospital in a couple of weeks. Keep up the good progress Nathan! God bless you!!

  • Tired of wa$te

    Praise God for this good news! Now I only hope the parents/guardians of this sweet boy learned their lesson. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN WANDER OFF OUT OF SIGHT! AND FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE, TEACH THEM SAFETY FIRST. DON'T GO INTO ROPED OFF AREAS. THE ROPES ARE THERE FOR A REASON!

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