Boy Rescued From Sand Dune Expected To Recover

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (July 15, 2013)--A 6-year-old Illinois boy who was buried in sand for hours at a northern Indiana dune should make a full neurological recovery, Dr. Tracy Koogler, who treated the boy, said Monday.

Koogler is medical director of pediatric intensive care at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

She said Monday that Nathan Woessner may suffer some lasting lung problems from breathing in so much sand, but is responsive.

The boy has been in critical condition since he was rescued Friday from the Mount Baldy dune in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Koogler says Nathan is sedated and on a ventilator, but should be removed from it by the end of the week.

She also said he'll likely be released from the hospital in 10 to 14 days.


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