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Boy buried in Indiana sand dune released from hospital

Nathan Woessner 6 Sterling Ill. was trapped beneath sMount Baldy IndianDunes National Lakeshore Friday July 12. | Phoprovided

Nathan Woessner, 6, of Sterling, Ill., was trapped beneath the sand at Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, July 12. | Photo provided

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Nathan Woessner, the 6-year-old boy buried by sand at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, was discharged from the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital late Tuesday afternoon.

An announcement from the hospital said the boy will continue to receive rehabilitative therapy at another facility for several days.

Nathan had been buried under 11 feet of sand at Mount Baldy near Michigan City, Ind., for more than three hours on July 12. After he was rescued from the dune, he was taken to Franciscan St. Anthony Health-Michigan City, and then airlifted to the Comer Children’s Hospital that evening.

At Comer, Nathan spent six days in critical condition as a result of injuries sustained by inhaling sand. On July 18, he was upgraded to serious condition when it was determined he would no longer need ventilation. The following day, he was weaned from oxygen, began eating a regular diet, and walked for the first time.

On Saturday, his condition was upgraded to good, and by Monday, he was visiting the hospital’s playroom.

Mount Baldy remains closed to the public as the National Park Service continues to investigate the cause of the incident.

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