On July 12th, Nathan Woessner was buried alive. Eleven feet of sand separated him from fresh air, his family and rescuers. Now, he's breathing on his own and recovering in a Chicago hospital.
The Sterling boy and his family were visiting Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore when the accident happened. Rescuers say a sunken tree may have been what helped an air pocket keep Nathan alive for the three hours he was buried.
Rescue crews needed the help of heavy equipment to bring Nathan to the surface, then miraculously, he started breathing on his way to the hospital.
Doctors expect a full neurological recovery but say the 6-year-old boy could have some lingering lung problems from the amount of sand he inhaled while buried.