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Car Part Removed From Arm of 75-Year-Old Decades After Crash

By    |   Friday, 02 Jan 2015 06:08 AM

Five decades after his car crashed, and a decade after Arthur Lampitt’s left arm set off a metal detector at a courthouse, the 75-year-old had a turn signal lever surgically removed. He knew something was there in his arm, just not what it was.

According to The Associated Press, after the metal detector incident an X-ray showed a slender object the length of a pencil, but since it caused no pain or hardship, Lampitt was told to let it be.

He was moving concrete blocks a few weeks ago when the arm began to hurt for the first time.

“Everything was fine until it started to get bigger,” Lampitt’s wife, Betty, said. “The arm started bulging.”

The Granite City, Illinois, man decided to have surgery. He initially wasn’t sure what was in his arm but wondered if a medical instrument had been left during an emergency room visit in 1963 after he smashed his Thunderbird into a truck.

He unearthed a collection of old photos of the mangled ’63 T-Bird taken by a friend at the scene and noticed the metal blinker lever was missing from the left side of the steering column.

He figured that was it, and surgery at City Place Surgery Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri, confirmed it.

Dr. Timothy Lang removed the lever Wednesday during a 45-minute operation.

Lampitt is recovering at home.

“Seven inches long,” Lang told Betty.

“Oh, my God,” Betty said.

The accident broke Lampitt’s hip, drawing attention away from the arm, which healed, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Lang said a protective pocket grew around the lever.

“We see all kinds of foreign objects like nails or pellets, but usually not this large, usually not a turn signal from a 1963 T-Bird,” Lang said. “Something this large often gets infected.”

Lampitt wasn’t sure what he’d do with the lever – maybe make a key chain out of it. “We’ll figure out something, I am sure,” he said.

 

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Five decades after his car crashed, and a decade after Arthur Lampitt’s left arm set off a metal detector at a courthouse, the 75-year-old had a turn signal lever surgically removed. He knew something was there in his arm, just not what it was.
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