'Grey’s Anatomy' star opens up about her daughter’s mystery illness
After ten months of intense pain, nausea and vomiting, Sarina was finally diagnosed
By Livia Gamble
March 31 2017
Grey’s Anatomy star Chandra Wilson has opened up about her daughter’s illness.
Wilson, who plays Dr Miranda Bailey on the show, talks about a mystery illness her daughter, Sarina McFarlane, has been battling.
Speaking to Good Morning America, the actor said it has been a long road to doctors being able to diagnose the symptoms.
"It presented itself like a real bad case of food poisoning," she told GMA. "And it didn't go away for four or five days so because of that we went to the ER."
After ten months of intense pain, nausea and vomiting, Sarina was diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome.
Richards Boles, MD, medical director at Courtagen Life Sciences told the program Sarina was lucky as the disorder can go undiagnosed for years.
"Serena was lucky because of the care and persistence of her mother," he said.
Now that her daughter is on a treatment plan, Wilson is raising awareness about the syndrome.
She even directed an episode of Grey’s Anatomy to highlight cyclic vomiting syndrome.
"Being able to be on Grey's Anatomy with all of those people able to watch it and hear it and say, 'Oh my God. That's what that is. I've heard of that. That's my kid. That's my husband. That's my aunt,'" Wilson said. "That means so much because I just remember what it meant to us."