An elderly man went through surgery to remove the turn signal switch of a Ford Thunderbird from his arm.

An elderly man went through surgery to remove the turn signal switch of a Ford Thunderbird from his arm.

It was 1963 when real estate agent Arthur Lampitt was on his way to a meeting when his brand new Ford Thunderbird frontally collided with a truck. The impact was so huge that initially everyone believed he was killed in the crash but he actually made it out alive only with a broken hip which the doctors fixed right away.

However, it was later discovered the medical staff of the hospital failed to notice another problem as the Thunderbird's turn-signal stalk detached from the steering column during the impact and penetrated Lampitt's arm. The issue was discovered ten years ago when the man triggered a courthouse metal detector due to a "slender object, about the size of a pencil" located in his arm. He went to a doctor who said that he doesn't need to worry about the "implant" as long as it doesn't hurt.

Fast forward to the present, the arm recently started to bulge and Lampitt began feeling pain so he decided to check out what was wrong. He suspected it had something to do with the accident after looking at the photos taken after the crash, noticing that the car's turn-signal stalk was missing. Following a 45-minute surgery, the doctor confirmed his suspicion by removing a seven-inch metal cylinder that had a trumpeted end.

Lampitt is expected to make a full recovery and considers making a keychain out of the turn-signal stalk.

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Ford Thunderbird turn signal switch removed from man’s arm after 51 years