Nathan Woessner discharged from hospital

Nathan Woessner, 6, of Sterling, Ill., is shown 10 days after being rescued from underneath 11 feet of sand in July on Mount Baldy. He and his father Greg walked the halls of The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

Nathan Woessner, the 6-year-old Sterling, Ill. boy rescued from underneath some 11 feet of sand July 12, was discharged from the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

He will continue to receive rehabilitative therapy elsewhere for several days, according to a media statement released by the hospital Wednesday.

Nathan and his family were visiting the Mount Baldy area of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on July 12, when a portion of the dune collapsed, swallowing him.

Rescuers spent nearly four hours searching for Nathan before unearthing the boy. He was initially transported to Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City before being transferred to the Chicago hospital.

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Nathan's condition was considered critical when he first arrived at the hospital. His condition continually improved.

Investigations are continuing on why the dune collapsed. Specialized equipment is expected to be brought in to search for similar anomalies in the area.

Mount Baldy has been closed to visitors since the incident.

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Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.