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Jul 16, 2013 12:43 PM by Joe Bevans

Boy's rescue seen as a miracle

CHICAGO (AP) - The doctor who helped treat a boy who was buried beneath 11 feet of sand for hours at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore says the child is expected to make a full neurological recovery. Dr. Tracy Koogler of the University of Chicago Medical Center says 6-year-old Nathan Woessner (WAYZ'-ner) may suffer some lasting lung problems from breathing in sand, but is responsive and can move his limbs. Nathan's grandfather, Baptist Pastor Don Reul (ROOL), told reporters that he considers the boy's survival a miracle. Last Friday, before he learned his grandson had fallen down a sinkhole, Reul said he had suffered intense heart pains. Later, when he thought Nathan had died, Reul said he better understood the pain God the Father must have felt over the death of his Son on the cross. Dr. Koogler says Nathan is now sedated and on a ventilator, but should be removed from it by the end of the week. She also said he'll likely be released from the hospital in 10-14 days.

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