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.
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 metal detector at a courthouse. 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."
Lampitt decided to have surgery. He initially wasn't sure what was in the arm. He wondered if perhaps a medical instrument had been left during the emergency room visit in 1963.
Post by Tyger on the Radio on Jan 2, 2015 13:59:40 GMT -5
After the commonplaces of everyday life, with their muffled dramas, all my organic expertise for dealing with physical injury had long been blunted or forgotten. The crash was the only real experience I had been through for years.~ J.G.Ballard, Crash
What the hammer? what the chain, In what furnace was thy brain? RIP Dinobot RIP Deadpool RIP Doc Sivana RIP The Line RIP Jagilki
He was a man in 1963. He was probably teased enough for getting his broken hip fixed.
The real daddy-o's back in the day were man enough to drink off their injuries after they crashed in drag races. Now you got these squares and dweebs with their phones that kinda look like little televisions, and their "improved medical standards".