Condition upgraded to serious for six-year-old rescued from sand dune

Nathan Woessner
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A six-year-old Illinois boy has been upgraded to serious condition after he spent hours buried beneath an Indiana sand dune last week.

Doctors at The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital say Nathan Woessner has been upgraded from critical and is now in serious condition. He has been extubated, is recovering from sedation and continues to respond to commands.

The Sterling boy was buried for more than three hours before rescuers pulled him from beneath 11 feet of sand last Friday. He was limp and cold, but began breathing on his way to the hospital.

Doctors say he's expected to recover and should be released in about two weeks.

The Mount Baldy area at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain closed indefinitely following the accident.

Authorities believe Woessner may have fallen into a hole that was created by a long-buried tree that had decomposed, leaving a void in the sand.

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