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Car part removed from arm after 51 years

It took 51 years but Arthur Lampitt finally had that turn signal lever removed from his left arm.

By The Phuket News

Friday 9 January 2015, 09:00AM

You read that right.

In 1963, Lampitt smashed his late model Thunderbird into a truck and a 17 cm-long turn lever went up and into his arm. From the initial shock of the accident, Lampitt hadn’t noticed his injury and went on with his life for half a century.

But it wasn’t until early December 2014, while moving concrete block at his home, that Lampitt’s arm began to hurt for the first time ever.

“Everything was fine until it started to get bigger. The arm started bulging,” his wife Betty told local reporters.


Initially, Lampitt thought that doctors had left a medical instrument inside his arm during a visit to the emergency room sometime during his life. Then, he began looking through old photos of the accident and noticed that turn signal from the 1963 Thunderbird was gone.

In a 45-minute surgery, doctors removed the lever.

“Something this large often gets infected,” said Dr Timothy Lang, who removed the object out of Lampitt’s arm at City Place Surgery Center in Creve Coeur, Missouri.



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