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Boy, 6, rescued from Ind. sand dune released from hospital

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The 6-year-old boy who was buried in an Indiana sand dune was released from the hospital on Wednesday, just 11 days after the accident that forced doctors to medically induce a coma.

Nathan Woessner, 6, was discharged from Comer Children's Hospital late Tuesday afternoon and released to rehabilitative therapy for several days.

He was rescued from the sand after being trapped beneath 11 feet of sand for more than three hours on July 12. The exact dune is called Mount Baldy, located at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The 6-year-old boy went from critical to serious to good condition over the last several days. He progressed from relying on a ventilator to breathing on his own, and returned to a regular diet toward the end of his treatment. He even walked without assistance on Sunday, and even made a trip to the hospital's playroom on Monday.

Doctors said it is a miracle Woessner survived.

The hospital said his parents have asked for privacy while he recovers. But they thank the community for its continued support.

Doctors also said Woessner is expected to make a full neurological recovery but may suffer lingering lung problems from inhaling sand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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