Boy buried in sand goes home

Tribune reporter

The 6-year-old boy who was buried in a sand dune for nearly four hours before he was rescued earlier this month has returned to his home in Sterling, Ill., after four days of rehabilitative care at La Rabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Nathan Woessner was buried 11 feet below the surface of the Mount Baldy sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in a freak incident that even experienced geologists couldn’t explain.

Bruce Rowe, a spokesman for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said earlier this week that his team will bring in ground sensing equipment to test for other anomalies in the dune in coming weeks. They are currently investigating what could have caused the hole in the dune.

The boy’s physician at La Rabida said in a press release that Nathan has been doing well and is able to breathe, bathe and walk on his own, as well as brush his own teeth. Nathan’s attending physicians have said he’s had a remarkable recovery after inhaling sand into his lungs and being sedated for nearly a week after the incident.

Nathan’s rehabilitative care will continue at La Rabida at a later date, the release said. Nathan’s parents asked that the media respect their privacy as they care for their son.

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