American icon Chuck Norris is known for being the nations tough guy. A man hard on injustice, loyal to his country, and able to display martial art skills that attracted the attention of even Bruce Lee. Now, the man has put his acting career on indefinite hold due to the failing condition of his wife, Gena, who was poisoned, according to the Conservative Tribune.
“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,” Norris said to Rare. The wife of the famous actor had been enduring “severe nerve pain and kidney problems” for many years and it was not known why.
The reason that was discovered is far odder than anyone would have guessed. The pair has “confirmed that they’re suing a medical device company for allegedly poisoning Gena during what should have been a routine procedure.” This was a shock to everyone and is only now being dealt with.
“The couple believes her body was harmed by injections she was given before an MRI to check for rheumatoid arthritis,” the Rare article states. “The suit alleges that a chemical called gadolinium, used in MRI imaging scans, poisoned and weakened his wife.”
If this is true, it is something that many will have to concern themselves with when they face MRI’s. Was this just Mrs. Norris’ body reacting badly to what doesn’t affect most people? If so, then it is not a significant worry for most who face the procedure.
If, on the other hand, this is something that can happen to anyone, then the whole way that such tests are done may need to be addressed and reevaluated.
The chemical in question is used as a “contrast agent” that allows for the images to be seen when looking for problems inside of one’s body. In most cases, it “exits the body without trouble after the imagery process is finished,” but that was not the case for Gena Norris.
It seems that it can remain in the body of some people and when this happens, it becomes a “dangerous toxin,” according to some experts.
The famous martial artist’s wife is known to have needed “several” injections of gadolinium and she 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”
A lot of time and money went into finding out what was causing the misery that Mrs. Norris was enduring and it led doctors to admit that “Gadolinium might not be as safe as its manufacturers say.”
This is horrible news for those who may face the awful test just to find out what is sickening them.
“I asked about the injections at the time but was told they were perfectly safe and I just had to drink water and the contrast agent would be out of my system in a few hours,” Norris told the Daily Mail.
She finally ended up at a clinic that specializes in dealing with poisoning from this chemical and she said, “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.”
The company that manufactures the agent, instead of promising to look into it or make it safer in light of this has instead downplayed the facts at hand. This led the famous wife to admit that “It’s infuriating and heartbreaking — it’s a vicious, ugly secret that has been kept hidden — something Chuck and I are determined to change,”
This needs to be studied for two reasons. First of all, it is the right thing to do in order to end the pain and discomfort that Gena Norris has so that she can again live a fruitful life.
However, it is even more important to find out if this chemical is harming people since M.R.I.’s are a very common and useful tool for diagnosis.
There is NO time to wait.