Boy buried in sand at Ind. dunes visits hospital playroom

Nathan Woessner walks at Comer Children's Hospital with a little help from his father. The boy was buried for hours under 11-feet of sand at the Indiana dunes on July 12, 2013. (Woessner family)
July 22, 2013 11:19:49 AM PDT
Nathan Woessner, the 6-year-old boy who was buried alive by sand at the Ind. sand dunes, can now visit the playroom at Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital.

Woessner's family released two new pictures of the boy on Monday. They show him walking down the hospital hall with his father and sleeping in his hospital bed.

"Nathan is listed as in good condition and continues to improve. He returns to a regular diet today and can leave his room to visit the playroom," Dr. Dana Mitchell, University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, said through a statement.

On Sunday, the boy's grandfather said Nathan may go home as early as the end of the week.

Woessner was buried in 11-feet of sand while climbing Mt. Baldy on July 12. His lungs were full of sand, and he was sedated while doctors tried to remove as much of it as possible from his body.

Mt. Baldy remains closed indefinitely. Park officials believe the rest of the Indiana Dunes are safe.


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