Boy buried in sand discharged from rehab, returns home

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A boy who was buried under 11 feet of sand was discharged from La Rabida Children’s Hospital Friday.

Nathan Woessner, 6, was previously receiving care at Comer Children’s Hospital. He arrived at La Rabida Children’s Hospital Tuesday, and while there, he received rehabilitative care including physical, occupational and speech therapy. He was seen for issues with balance, gait and memory, the hospital said in a news release.

Nathan will return to La Rabida at a later date to continue rehabilitative work, the release said.

Nathan’s attending physician, Michael Hobaugh, MD, PhD, said that Nathan is doing very well. He’s able to bathe himself, brush his own teeth and walk independently.

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.

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