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QCA Boy Back in School after Being Buried Alive


It's been more than a month since 6-year-old Nathan Woessner of Sterling, Il was buried alive under 11 feet of sand while on a family vacation at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  At the time, it took crews hours to rescue the boy from the apparent sinkhole – people on the scene say it was a miracle the boy came out alive.

Since the accident, Nathan has made what family members said seems to be a full recovery – just in time to start the new school year in the first grade.

Nathan's parents, Greg and Faith Woessner, said going back to school this past week has made them feel as though life is finally getting back to normal.

"It was emotional for me," said Faith Woessner. "Something about seeing him go into that school – it made me cry, but they were tears of joy. We've been through a lot in the past few weeks and to just have that normal going back-to-school day, it was just nice."

The return to school has also meant a lot to the Karrow family. They were with the Woessners on vacation at the time of the accident. The couple's 8-year-old son was even standing right next to Nathan as he fell in the sand.

"You just don't take the little things for granted now," said Rachel Karrow. "You appreciate the little things. It could easily have been Collin that fell through the sand. Back to school could have been totally different for us, too."

And while both families say the back-to-school season is helping them get back to their normal lives, it seems Nathan may already be back to normal.

"He's the same Nathan," the Greg and Faith Woessner laughed. "He's very mischievous and back to his old self."

The family will return to Indiana this week as the governor there holds a ceremony to honor the first responders who rescued Nathan.

Meanwhile, the sand dune where Nathan fell through, Mt. Baldy, remains closed as investigators study what happened and if it could happen in any other spots on the site.

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