Child rescued from sand dune moved from intensive care

Nathan Woessner (Photo: Tom Papandria/UChicago Medicine)
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An Illinois boy who was trapped in a sand dune for three hours earlier this month continues to improve.

Doctors say six-year-old Nathan Woessner was transferred out of intensive care Tuesday, less than two weeks after he was rescued at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

"He is eating well, is active and continues to improve. The staples used to close a laceration on the back of his head will be removed today," said Dr. Barrett Fromme at The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

Woessner is listed in good condition at the hospital.

The area of Indiana Dunes around Mount Baldy, where the accident happened July 12 has been closed indefinitely while park officials investigate the accident. A decomposing tree under the surface of the sand is presumed to be a cause of the hole that trapped the child.