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Ruth Richter, pictured in her home Wednesday, reads the account of her brother Don Hamilton's accident and miraculous recovery as chronicled by her family. Photo by Zach Kayser

A Christmas miracle; Part 1: The accident that changed it all

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The following is the first part in a series of two articles on Don Hamilton's brush with death and his subsequent recovery, as told by his family and himself.


When we think about them both, we tend to put Christmas and miracles in the same category. Both are fanciful and abstract, ideas rather than concrete objects. One can't touch Christmas, or measure a miracle. For Don Hamilton and his sister Ruth Richter, though, Christmas and miracles are linked for a different reason.

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