Chuck Norris Gave Up His Fame And Retired From Hollywood To Take Care Of Sick Wife

Chuck Norris Gave Up His Fame And Retired From Hollywood To Take Care Of Sick Wife

His wife, Gena O'Kelly was allegedly poisoned by a contrast agent during an MRI Scan in 2013.

Chuck Norris was a gifted actor and martial artist in the 1980s and 1990s. Today's generation may be unaware of Chuck's extensive body of work or how he established himself as one of Hollywood's most skilled and captivating martial arts actor. He became the topic of great hilarity and bizarre humor related to his physical strength in the early 2000s. which continues to plague his reputation to this day. However, he completely disappeared from Hollywood and the public's eyes to care for his sick wife, Gena O’Kelly, reports GoalCast.



Norris and O'Kelly first met in 1997, when Chuck appeared in a minor role in a television series starring Gena. Almost 22 years ago on November 28, 1998, they married, and on August 30, 2001, they welcomed twins. The troubles began in 2013 when Gena chose to get an MRI scan to look into her rheumatoid arthritis. She said that she was injected with a "contrast agent" just before her scan. This continued for two subsequent scans and her body started exhibiting extreme weakening symptoms including, "extreme burning."

Gena recalls regularly waking up her husband in the middle of the night to inform him that there was "something terribly wrong" with her. They would hurry to the hospital for emergency care, but the physicians would deny responsibility and tell her she was perfectly healthy. They didn't see the need in putting her on an IV drip or prescribing pain medicine, so the burning just spread throughout the body, according to CBS SF Bay Area. In addition to the constant burning, Gena described "severe brain damage," articulation and memory problems, muscular atrophy, and being hypermetabolic to the point that her entire body was simply "tremoring." She didn't obtain effective, tailored therapy for her ailment until Norris searched for an integrative specialist in Reno, Nevada.




She spoke to Hello Magazine, "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 couple blamed the substance 'gadolinium' for poisoning O'Kelly's body and causing all the deadly symptoms. The substance is used in about 33% of MRI Scans worldwide, however, the UPFDA believes that this substance is completely safe. The US Air Force veteran quit from a hugely successful Hollywood profession to devote his life to battling for his wife's illness. He sued 11 Big Pharma companies for manufacturing and distributing the substance he believes caused his wife's condition, per GoalCast. 




He couldn't take seeing Gena suffer, so he poured his heart and soul into resolving what he sees as a huge flaw in the healthcare system. It's refreshing to see the thoughtful, compassionate side in a man who's built a reputation for being harsh, nasty, and quite masculine. Chuck is a devoted husband, father, and grandpa at the age of 80. His wife and he reside on a ranch outside Navasota, Texas, where they create bottled water and contribute a percentage of the proceeds to the environment and Kickstart Kids.





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