Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Ill., has been at Comer Children’s Hospital since his rescue one week ago. On Thursday, he was upgraded from critical to serious condition.
“On Friday afternoon, Nathan got out of bed and was able to walk with assistance, and he is eating for the first time,” said Dr. Rachel Wolfson, the boy’s attending physician at Comer Children’s Hospital.
She said Nathan remains in critical condition.
Nathan was buried in the sand for several hours on the slopes of Mount Baldy, on the eastern edge of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
More than 30 people took part in the rescue effort after.