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Boy Rescued From Indiana Sand Dune In 'Miracle' Still In Critical Condition In Chicago Hospital

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Dr. Tracy Koogler, medical director of pediatric intensive care at the University of Chicago Medical Center smiles as she listens to Don Ruel, the grandfather of a six year-old Nathan Woessner during a news conference, Monday, July 15, 2013, in Chicago. Dr Koogler who helped treat Woessner who was buried under eleven feet of sand for hours at a northern Indiana dune says the child is expected to make a full neurological recovery. The boy has been in critical condition since being rescued Friday
Dr. Tracy Koogler, medical director of pediatric intensive care at the University of Chicago Medical Center smiles as she listens to Don Ruel, the grandfather of a six year-old Nathan Woessner during a news conference, Monday, July 15, 2013, in Chicago. Dr Koogler who helped treat Woessner who was buried under eleven feet of sand for hours at a northern Indiana dune says the child is expected to make a full neurological recovery. The boy has been in critical condition since being rescued Friday

CHICAGO — A 6-year-old Illinois boy remains in critical condition after he spent hours buried beneath an Indiana sand dune.

A spokesman for the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital says Tuesday that Nathan Woessner's (WAYZ'-ners) condition remains unchanged.

The Sterling boy was buried for more than three hours before rescuers pulled him from beneath 11 feet of sand on 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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