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Pair recalls miracles as children


TUCUMCARI — Some would say Lillian Dunn and Joe Liles were miracle children.

Now they’re both senior citizens, living at Tucumcari’s Laurel Hills Care Center, where they are regulars at the dominoes table.

Their stories:

“I got ran over when I was 5 years old in Clovis,” said Dunn, who is 80.

“Me and a friend went for ice cream and when we turned the corner a truck hit me. I was unconscious for a long time, but woke up without any problems — so that ... is a miracle.”

Liles, 95, said he’s too old to remember much of his life’s details, with the exception of a trip he made with his mother through their back yard when he was 2.

“I was walking with my mother in our garden,” he said. “She disturbed a rattlesnake and when I walked by it bit me. I was unconscious for about two hours and I swelled up everywhere.

“Since people didn’t go to the hospital much back then the doctor came to visit us out in the country. I still have a scar on the inside of my left foot, but I guess that’s OK ’cause they didn’t think I was going to get well after that bite. ... I guess that’s the only story I know that is like a miracle.”


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