Chuck Norris Claims Common Medical Test Nearly Killed His Wife

When thoughts turn to Chuck Norris, the natural inclination is to imagine that there’s absolutely nothing he can’t conquer. In fact, it’s been a running gag on the internet and social media about how Norris can handle anything and everything that’s thrown his way.

That’s all in good fun of course, but there are times when life can get the better of the legendary tough guy. In fact, he recently went through something so terrifying that the star has been prompted to file suit against those he deems responsible for it.

As the Daily Mail shares, the star’s wife, 54-year-old Gena Norris, fell ill with a serious bout of rheumatoid arthritis about five years ago. As doctors attempted to get a handle on her condition, some routine MRI scans were ordered, and she had three within the period of one week.

Unfortunately, she got much worse from that point. In fact, the couple claims that she was near death, and they were able to pinpoint what happened.

Advanced MRIs require the use of a dye that helps to improve the clarity of scans. The Norris’s contend that an agent in the dye used, gadolinium, sparked a massive reaction, and Gena would go on to bouts of pain, cognitive issues, permanent weakness, exhaustion, and a burning feeling ever since. Norris has since filed suit against the manufacturers of the contrast dye.

The suit alleges that Gena now has Gadolinium Deposition Disease, a rare syndrome that’s triggered by the dye, and that she has to undergo regular stem cell therapies to deal with lingering issues that have popped up in her central nervous system.

“Unfortunately, litigation is the only course of action we can take to hold the drug companies accountable for threatening the lives of so many innocent people who undergo MRIs,” Gena explained. “These companies continue to say that there is no link between gadolinium and adverse events, even though the evidence is overwhelming that this heavy metal stays in the body for years, rather than hours.”

Gadolinium is a metal that’s prevalent in many contrast agents. Studies have found that it can be left behind in the brain, bones, and skin. In a statement last year, the American College of Radiology noted that it’s been used in millions of tests since the 1980s, and that it helps to provide “crucial, life-saving medical information.” Cutter Law is representing the couple in its suit, and the firm has filed multiple other suits on behalf of folks they say are also suffering from gadolinium poisoning.

“One of the problems is this is a very misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed condition,” notes attorney Todd Walburg.

All told, the suit is seeking more than $10 million in damages, as the couple notes that they have spent millions of dollars on Gena’s treatment. The suit contends that manufacturers hid the risks associated with gadolinium, and that consumers were unaware of possible side effects as a result. It’ll be interesting to see if the case makes its way to trial, or if some kind of out-of-court settlement is reached.

Source: Daily Mail
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