INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In a press conference Monday, the doctor and grandfather of 6-year-old Nathan Woesnner spoke about the boy's condition.
The new information comes three days after Woesnner was swallowed by a sand dune at Mount Baldy, near Michigan City.
Doctors are calling Woesnner's situation "case report material."
Nathan was under 11 feet of sand for four hours. Doctors say they had no idea what to expect when he arrived, and that means it's hard to predict exactly how Nathan will recover. But the promising news released Monday is that he is improving.
Doctors say Woesnner is heavily medicated right now but that he can move all his limbs and he is responding, meaning his brain function seems to be normal.
He is scheduled for an MRI Monday where doctors hope to get a better idea of how his body is responding to the trauma.
The biggest challenge for his doctors, they say, is getting the sand out of his lungs.
"We absolutely don't think we can get every grain of sand out of his lungs because sand is sand and we all understand when we go to the beach and we get sand in things, we find sand six months later and unfortunately we believe he's going to have sand in his lungs six months later as well," said Dr. Tracy Koogler with University of Chicago Medicine.
Meanwhile, it's been said Woesnner has an incredibly supportive family. His grandfather, who is a pastor, said there have been a lot of prayers being said and he calls his grandson's survival a miracle.
"One of the guys with the heavy equipment out there said that Nathan went down standing straight up. He wasn't falling on his back or on his side, he was in an upright position and just kept going down," said Nathan's grandfather, Pastor Don Reul.
Doctors say if Woesnner's condition continues to improve, they expect him to be out of the hospital in 10 to 14 days. He'll then undergo one to two months of rehab, which will most likely include some psychological therapy.
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