Rivera, 72, is suing the Hospital for Special Surgery on East 70th Street after he went in for back surgery in 2010 and came out with a crippled right foot when the surgery was botched.
Rivera claims that he has lost enjoyment of life because he can no longer jog, play tennis, ski or even keep up with his 10-year-old daughter.
Counsel for the defendants, Bhalinder Rikhye, alleges that Rivera injured himself post-surgery in an incident where Rivera kicked the refrigerator door in his rehabilitation room.
Rivera is hopeful the hospital will settle and plans to donate 100 percent of the funds to charity.
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