Chuck Norris Takes On The Fight Of His Life
Karen Brost 11/16/2017
Throughout his long and successful career, actor and martial artist Chuck Norris has earned a reputation for being as tough as nails. The characters he plays are always up for a fight.
But the fight he’s facing right now is so daunting, he’s willing to put his career on hold to take it on.
Chuck and his wife Gena believe she was poisoned by a chemical called gadolinium that she was injected with while undergoing a routine MRI exam for rheumatoid arthritis. The substance is commonly used as a contrast agent to enhance the images created by the MRI equipment to aid the physician in diagnosing a patient’s condition.
Gadolinium is usually expelled from a patient’s body after the test is completed, but that wasn’t the case with Gena, who received several injections of the chemical.
According to Daily Mail she explained,
“Within hours after the first jab I felt like my whole body was on fire – as if acid had been passed through it.”
She described how this experience changed her life to CBS News:
“I couldn’t think any more, any type of cognition, being able to articulate, my memory, I had muscle wasting.”
Chuck feared that his wife of nearly 20 years was slipping away right before his eyes. As reported by Daily Mail, he told Good Health:
“I’ve given up my film career to concentrate on Gena; my whole life right now is about keeping her alive.”
Gena spent five months in bed, hooked up to an IV, and she needed round-the-clock nursing care. She described her husband’s devotion to her during that difficult time:
“Chuck slept beside me on the couch and never left. I prayed that I would live to raise my children.”
The Norrises are now suing the medical companies that make gadolinium. They are determined to do their part to help prevent others from experiencing the same pain and agony that Gena did. She explained,
“It’s infuriating and heartbreaking – it’s a vicious, ugly secret that has been kept hidden – something Chuck and I are determined to change.”