Walker, Texas Ranger is doing battle with a common chemical used in MRI scans. Chuck Norris, 77, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against several medical device manufacturers that produce the chemical gadolinium that he claims poisoned his wife Gena.
Gadolinium is used as a contrast agent in MRI scans, which doctors used to identify tumors and bleeding. The chemical is a metal and can be retained by organs, tissues and bones, according to the lawsuit.
- Norris claims that three MRI scans in 2012 left her feeling weak and tired, and that she soon started suffering "debilitating" bouts of pain and a burning sensation. The suit alleges that manufacturers were well aware of the risk.
- “I am broken,” Gena told the Business Times. “I don’t blame the doctors at all, because (companies) have been keeping things hidden in the shadows ... I never wanted litigation. But it’s wrong. It’s just wrong.”
- Norris is seeking $10 million in damages.