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CREVE COEUR, Mo. —Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Ill., 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.
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.
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.
originally posted by: stormcell
I'm reading the news today and see this medical news report about a guy having a sore arm with a bit of inflammation. He knew there was some metal in his arm after he went to ER after a car crash, and then went through an X-ray scanner. He thought it was something the doctors had put in.
But no, it's a intact turn signal lever
If he can scrape the rust off it, he might just offset his medical bills by $16. Makes me wonder how many other people are wandering around with bits of scrap metal in them.
originally posted by: PLAYERONE01
what i want to know is, is it still useable? i mean how cool would it be to after carrying it around in your body for half a century to stick it back in a car and use it.