CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago hospital reports that a 6-year-old boy who spent
more than 3 hours underground after an Indiana sand dune collapsed on him
was able to respond to "simple commands" upon arrival.
Comer Children's Hospital spokeswoman Lorna Wong said in a statement
released Saturday that the boy is in critical condition and "has responded
well to mechanical ventilation."
The boy was playing on the large dune at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
on Friday when he dropped into a hole. Authorities say the dune collapsed
in on him while his family was trying to save him and that he was buried
for more than three hours under 11 feet of sand.
Michigan City, Ind., Fire Chief Ronnie Martin told WSBT-TV on Saturday
that an air pocket saved the boy's life.