SPANAWAY, Wash. -- His family was told there was little hope, but a Pierce County boy and his family are counting their blessings this Thanksgiving.

Dale Ostrander, the 12-year-old boy who spent at least 25 minutes underwater when he was dragged out to sea by a rip tide last August, is making great progress every day.

He was rescued and resuscitated. Images of the moment he was pulled out were captured by a local photographer, and even appeared on NBCNightly News with Brian Williams.

This Thanksgiving we're not thankful for stuff. We're thankful for each other, said Dale's father, Chad.

Ostrander's family feared he was brain dead and doctors put him in a medically induced coma. But Ostrander defied the odds and survived.

It's been obvious that God is putting all the puzzle pieces together what the finished product will be, we don't know yet.. but we knot it's going to be good, said Dale's mother, Kirsten.

Ostrander recently started 7th grade. He is still undergoing speech and physical therapy.

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