Boy Buried In Sand Dune Released From Hospital

CHICAGO (July 24, 2013)—Nathan Woessner, 6, of Sterling, Ill., who survived after he was buried for several hours in a sand dune, was home from the hospital Wednesday.

Nathan was discharged Tuesday afternoon from the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, 12 days after the accident.

The boy was buried for more than three hours on July 12 in a dune called Mount Baldy at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The hospital said he will continue to undergo rehabilitation.

He walked without assistance Sunday and was cleared to visit the hospital playroom Monday, doctors said.

He’s expected to make a full neurological recovery but may suffer lingering lung problems from inhaling sand.

Doctors initially put Nathan in a medically induced coma.


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