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Boy rescued after buried in 11 feet of sand

A young child was rescued after becoming buried in sand at the Indiana Dunes.

6-year-old Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Illinois was was buried under about 11 feet of sand for more than three hours at Mount Baldy at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

More than 30 people took part in the rescue effort after.

Nathan has been discharged from the hospital and is undergoing rehabilitative therapy.

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Family members and worshippers at a church in west central Illinois gave thanks today for the continuing recovery of a child who was buried in sand for several hours at the Indiana Dunes.

Six-year-old Nathan Woessner (WAYZ’ -ner) is now in good condition at Comer Children’s Hospital.

His grandfather, Don Reul, is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Galva, Illinois.. where he spoke to the congregation today about Nathan’s ordeal and rescue.

Nathan’s older brother Jake Reul says it was a frightening experience for everyone in the family, “I thought I wasn’t going to have a brother anymore. I mean, he was down there for so long that I just didn’t think he was going to be alive.”

“We were in deep grief.  He had just been to our house and spent a bit of time.  You’re recalling every one of the things you did with him when he was there, and you’re in deep mourning wishing you could have some of it back again,” added Nathan’s grandfather Don Reul.

Rescuers used heavy equipment to dig Nathan out of the sand, where he was trapped 11 feet down.

His grandfather and the congregation at his church describe Nathan’s recovery as “a miracle”.

A 6-year-old boy who was buried under 11 feet of sand at the Indiana Dunes is showing more signs of improvement.

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.

A 6-year-old boy who was buried under 11 feet of sand at the Indiana Dunes is doing better.

“Nathan Woessner has been upgraded from critical and is now in serious condition,”  said Dr. Rachel Wolfson, a physician at Comer Children’s Hospital. “He has been extubated, is recovering from sedation and continues to respond to commands.”

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

A post on the First Baptist Church of Galva website, where Nathan’s grandfather the Rev. Don Reul is the senior pastor, said Nathan was feeling well enough to watch television, sit up and speak.

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.

The Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.

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.

Dr. Tracy Koogler with the University of Chicago Hosptials gave an update on Nathan Woessner, a 6-year-old who was rescued from sand at the Indiana Dunes.

A young child who became buried in sand at the Indiana Dunes remains in critical condition today.

6-year-old Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Illinois was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital after he was rescued Friday afternoon.

Nathan Woessner

Nathan Woessner

The boy was buried under about 11 feet of sand for more than three hours at Mount Baldy on the eastern edge of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

More than 30 people took part in the rescue effort after a friend of the boy’s family called 911.

A prayer vigil for Nathan Woessner was held this afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Galva, Illinois in the Quad Cities area.

Listen to  911 Call here.

A 6-year-old boy is at a Chicago hospital after spending more than three hours trapped in an apparent sinkhole at the Indiana Dunes.

It happened at Mount Baldy, which is part of the Dunes, yesterday afternoon.

The boy fell into a hole in an area that had been blocked off for restoration.

His family says, when they tried to pull him out, the hole filled with about 11 feet of sand, covering him.

Contractors with excavating equipment eventually reached the child after three and a half hours.

The boy had vital signs when paramedics took him to the hospital, but beyond that, there is no word on his condition.

The Michigan City News Dispatch reports the boy and his family are likely from Illinois.

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