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Epidurals Linked to Paralysis Seen With $300 Billion Pain Market

Valinda Parrish talks to her 60-year-old husband like a doting mother speaks to a child. “I am going to go outside for a little bit,” she tells him. “Use your horn if you need me.”

Rollie Parrish, nearly blind and in a wheelchair, toots the air horn he keeps on his lap if he wants something to eat or has to go to the bathroom. Four years ago, the Vietnam veteran had just spent a weekend deer hunting when he went to a hospital near his home in Nederland, Texas, for a shot of steroids to his neck to ease chronic pain. He suffered a stroke during the procedure, according to a lawsuit that was settled out of court. “He knows what happened to him, and he is angry,” his wife of 29 years said in an interview.