Boy swallowed by sinkhole at Indiana Dunes shows improvement
— Post-Tribune July 19, 2013 8:38PM
Nathan Woessner, 6, of Sterling, Ill., was trapped beneath the sand at Mount Baldy in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Friday, July 12. | AP
Updated: August 21, 2013 6:19AM
The 6-year-old boy who was buried in sand more than three hours at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on July 12 remains in serious condition but continues to show improvement, according to his physician at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.
On Friday afternoon, Nathan Woessner “got out out of bed and was able to walk with assistance,” Dr. Rachel Wolfson said. Woessner also is eating for the first time since he was transported to the hospital, Wolfson said.
Woessner and his family, of Sterling, Ill., were visiting Mount Baldy near Michigan City when the boy was swallowed by an 11-foot deep sinkhole in the sand dunes.
Heavy equipment was called in to rescue the boy. The area has been closed to the public as the National Park Service continues to search for what might have cause the sinkhole.