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Prayer Vigils Held in QCA for Boy Who Was Buried Alive

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A Sterling, Illinois, boy remained in critical condition in a Chicago hospital Sunday, after being buried alive in a sand dune in Indiana on Friday.

Six-year-old Nathan Woessner was playing on the beach when he fell into a sink hole and became trapped.

It took emergency crews about three hours to pull the boy free from where he had been trapped under more than eleven feet of sand.

Officials are calling his rescue "a miracle", and credit an air pocket in the sand with saving his life.

Nathan's grandfather says the boy was somewhat responsive on Sunday, but he can't talk and only has movement on the right side of his body.

His grandfather is the senior pastor at the First Baptist Church in Galva, where community members held a prayer vigil for the boy on Sunday.

About a hundred people turned out to pray and sing for Nathan's full recovery, and send him and his family their support.

A prayer vigil was also held today at the Rock River Christian Center in Rock Falls, where Nathan and his family attend church regularly.

Members of the church and community say they were in disbelief when they heard the news about the young boy's terrifying ordeal.

Some we spoke with say they're just happy he is alive:

"Everyone feels that this is a huge miracle, that God has really saved him when it could have been so much worse, the outcome," Joan Vickers, wife of the Rock River Christian Center pastor, said.

Sterling-Rock Falls community members say they're planning a benefit to help the Woessner family with medical expenses.

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