His wife Gena claimed that she fell ill after being injected with a medical dye during a series of MRI scans.
Hollywood veteran and martial arts expert Chuck Norris has had a long and successful career. The 82-year-old Oklahoma-born star is also a devoted family man to his wife Gena who he married in 1998, as well as his five children and 13 grandchildren. So, when his wife fell ill, the actor didn't think twice before giving up his successful career just to take care of her. Gena claimed that she had been "to hell and back" for over five years after being injected with a medical dye during a series of MRI scans, according to CBS News. The couple filed a lawsuit against the drug companies who were responsible for Gena's reaction. They fought hard against medical device manufacturers and the chemicals used in MRI imaging scans that he alleged had poisoned his wife.
The Walker, Texas Ranger star filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court in 2017 claiming that his wife Gena was left weak, tired, with a burning sensation, and “debilitating bouts of pain” after being injected by doctors with gadolinium. The substance is a paramagnetic metal ion found in so-called contrast agents used to improve the clarity of her MRIs. She suffered from nerve pain and kidney problems and the couple suspected that the illness was the result of an injection given to her in 2013.
According to HELLO, Gena said, "Within hours after the first jab I felt like my whole body was on fire—as if acid had been passed through it. The burning was isolated at first, but it just kept spreading… I just lay in bed on an IV for five months and had to have round-the-clock nursing care. Chuck slept beside me on the couch and never left. I prayed that I would live to raise my children." It was a difficult time for the couple but Chuck was ready to give up everything just to make sure his wife is okay. Speaking to Good Health about his wife, Chuck said, "I've given up my film career to concentrate on Gena, my whole life right now is about keeping her alive. I believe this issue is so important." The couple claimed they spent around $2 million on treating her illness. Gena said, "It's infuriating and heartbreaking—it's a vicious, ugly secret that has been kept hidden—something Chuck and I are determined to change."
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