Jul 15, 2013 12:27 PM by Kate Richards

Boy buried in sand for hours

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - The doctor who helped treat a 6-year-old Illinois boy who was buried in sand for hours at a northern Indiana dune says the child is expected to make a full neurological recovery.

Dr. Tracy Koogler is medical director of pediatric intensive care at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

She said Monday that Nathan Woessner (WAYZ'-ner) may suffer some lasting lung problems from breathing in so much sand, but is responsive.

The boy has been in critical condition since being rescued Friday from the Mount Baldy dune in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Koogler says Nathan is sedated and on a ventilator, but should be removed from it by the end of the week. She also said he'll likey be released from the hospital in 10-14 days.


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