September 28, 2016  

Sarah Chalke Opens Up About Son's Battle With Kawasaki's Disease

March 29, 2013 (6:21 am) GMT
The 'Scrubs' star appears as a guest star in 'Grey's Anatomy' as a mother whose child has Kawasaki's disease and opens up about her own experience of having a son with the same disease.

made a guest star appearance on "" on March 28 as a mother whose child has Kawasaki's disease. She later revealed that she experienced the same thing as her own child suffered from the same disease two years ago.

Sarah began to notice there was something wrong with her then-1-year-old son, Charlie, and got "a lot of repeated misdiagnoses." She spent ten days searching on the internet and found out that it was Kawasaki's disease, a life-threatening illness that causes inflammation in a child's blood vessels.

"It's a very visual disease," Chalke explained. "It's a high fever, and then everything because of inflammation goes red. So it's red, bloodshot eyes, red lips, red rash and red hands and feet, and then the last telltale sign is the skin on the fingers peels back. It was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever been through, and there's nothing in the world like not knowing if your kid is going to be OK."

"There is a treatment, but basically you only have a 10-day window to get it," Chalke continued. "If you don't get that, there's so much inflammation in the body that the danger is that you can get aneurysms because there can be damage to the coronary arteries, and then the kid will have a heart attack."

After her son recovered, Chalke began seeking out ways to raise parents' awareness, including appearing on "Grey's Anatomy". In the latest episode of the ABC medical series, she played a mother of a child who fights for his life when he develops Kawasaki disease.

"As an actor, you're usually like, 'Will I be able to cry when I'm supposed to cry?' But this is more like, 'Will I be able to stop crying when I have to stop crying?' " Chalke shared.

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Nathan Keyes to Play Justin Timberlake in Lifetime's Britney Spears Biopic
  2. Brad Pitt Voluntarily Tested for Drug and Alcohol Amid Child Abuse Allegation
  3. 'SNL' Finds Its New Donald Trump in Alec Baldwin After Taran Killam's Exit
  4. Madonna Shares Nude Pic as She Joins Katy Perry to Vote Naked
  5. The Weeknd Kills His Old Self in 'Starboy' Music Video
  6. Miley Cyrus Calls Out Disney, Says She Was Underpaid on 'Hannah Montana'
  7. Monsters and War Unleashed in New 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' Trailer
  8. Video: Kim Kardashian Ambushed by Gigi Hadid's Attacker in Paris