51 years after wreck, 7-inch car part found in arm

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CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm.

Dr. Timothy Lang removed the lever Wednesday during a 45-minute operation. Lampitt, now 75, is recovering at home.

Arthur Lampitt and his wife holding the turn signal part removed from his arm. Courtesy Jesse Bogan via St. Louis Dispatch.
Arthur Lampitt and his wife holding the turn signal part removed from his arm. Courtesy Jesse Bogan via St. Louis  Post-Dispatch.
Arthur Lampitt holding the turn signal part removed from his arm. Courtesy Jesse Bogan via St. Louis Dispatch.
Arthur Lampitt holding the turn signal part removed from his arm. Courtesy Jesse Bogan via St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the accident broke Lampitt’s hip, drawing attention away from the arm, which healed. A decade or so ago, his arm set off a courthouse metal detector. An X-ray showed a pencil-sized object, but since it caused no pain or hardship, Lampitt let it be.

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

 

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