'Thrones' actress Emilia Clarke says she's had 2 aneurysms

Bessie Dean
March 22, 2019

Emilia Clarke told all in an essay titled A Battle for My Life that was published on The New Yorker's website.

Emilia says that following the first season of the "Game of Thrones", she made a decision to unwind by working out with a trainer, but began suffering from "constricting pain" in her head. For the first time, Clarke has come clean about surviving two aneurysms over the course of working on Game of Thrones. She pushed through the pain, put her sneakers on and managed to get through the first few exercises.

"My trainer had me get into the plank position, and I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain".

"When they woke me, I was screaming in pain", she recalled.

"I reached the toilet, sank to my knees and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill", Clarke explained.

"Meanwhile, the pain-shooting, stabbing, constricting pain-was getting worse", she wrote. At some level, I knew what was happening: "my brain was damaged".

Emilia Clarke, pictured the premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" Season 6 at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2016 in Hollywood. By this point, the actress was weak and in and out of consciousness. After about a month, she was able to leave the hospital to do press for Game of Thrones before heading back to set to shoot Season 2.

'The diagnosis was quick: a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a life-threatening stroke, caused by bleeding into that space surrounding the brain.

I highly recommend reading the whole piece; Clarke is honest about her pain, her terror, and the deep sorrow she felt throughout these experiences. "I had no time for brain surgery". I had had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture.

In the years since then, Emilia Clarke has managed to make an incredible recovery. "The procedure had failed", Clarke wrote. She was suffering from a condition known as aphasia, a outcome of the trauma her brain had suffered.

"Have a look at the hashtags and all the good stuff underneath this video and let me know what you think". My job - my entire dream of what my life would be - centered on language, on communication.

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"Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I almost lost my mind and then my life".

The recovery lasted a month and it was much harder than the first.

But the pain continued, the fatigue continued, the feeling of hopelessness continued. Staying at a hotel in London during a publicity tour, I vividly remember thinking, I can't keep up or think or breathe, much less try to be charming. "Countless people have suffered far worse, and with nothing like the care I was so lucky to receive".

In 2013, during one of Clarke's regular brain scans, doctors found that her second aneurysm had doubled in size, and required a second, but "easier" operation.

"Somehow, nearly crawling, I made it to the locker room", Clarke writes.

"Brain injury and stroke can devastate young lives Millions of people worldwide need increased access to neuro-rehabilitation".

She survived the operation, but the recovery was brutal.

Emilia Clarke has spent the past several years as one of the most famous actresses in the world for playing Daenerys Targaryen the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Lady of Dragonstone, Breaker of Chains, and the Mother of Dragons.

Although she told the show's producers about her terrifying health condition, she chose to keep it secret from fans.

"Six weeks after the surgery, the National Enquirer ran a short story", Clarke writes.

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