Emilia Clarke Reveals She Survived 2 Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysms


Emilia Clarke, pictured the premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones" Season 6 at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2016 in Hollywood.

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke may regularly be wowing views on screen as the seductive and sassy Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. "But, after that first day of filming, I barely made it back to the hotel before I collapsed of exhaustion". She explained she became "violently, voluminously ill" while the "shooting, stabbing, constricting pain" only continued to get worse.

It took a minimally invasive surgery and intense, painful work to get Clarke back to where she was before the aneurysm, but ultimately it worked. At some level, I knew what was happening: "my brain was damaged".

"In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug", she wrote. Overwhelmed by violent nausea, she soon realized that something had gone wrong with her brain: "To keep my memory alive, I tried to recall, among other things, some lines from Game of Thrones".

The piece includes the revelation that Clarke had to attend San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks after this second excruciating surgery and that she suffered an terrible headache that she assumed was a deadly aneurysm. A couple of years later, the future Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genisys had to endure another medical procedure.

She also found out during the experience that she had a smaller aneurysm on the other side of her brain that could rupture, and in 2013, while in NY performing in Breakfast at Tiffany's, she went for a brain scan and found it had doubled in size. The first occurred in the interim between Game of Thrones Seasons 1 and 2, and the second after Game of Thrones Season 3.

Clarke was taken to London's National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where surgeons operated on her for three hours. "I spent a month in the hospital again and, at certain points, I lost all hope", she said.

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"I emerged from the operation with a drain coming out of my head", she said.

"I was often so woozy, so weak, that I thought I was going to die", she writes. "I was twenty-four years old". "I couldn't look anyone in the eye", she continues.

Eventually, she was able to speak and remember her name. "These days, you can't see the scar that curves from my scalp to my ear, but I didn't know at first that it wouldn't be visible".

"My full name is Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke". The trailers and posters of GoT have been creating a lot of buzz on social media and fans are equal parts excited and emotional since this is the last season of the show and just like the zillion GoT fans, the cast of the show too is emotional and we say this because according to reports, while filming the last few episodes, the cast teared up and Emilia Clarke was one of them. This time she had to spend one month in the hospital.

It could have been harmless but she was not that lucky...it doubled in size while filming and needed surgery. I told my bosses at Thrones about my condition, but I didn't want it to be a subject of public discussion and dissection. "I am now at a hundred per cent".

She even started a charity, Same You, to help people recovering from strokes and other brain injuries.

What an incredibly fearless story and so good to see her come out of it on the other side being this positive and this proactive. Beyond that, Clarke also launched the charitable organization SameYou, which has the goal of providing treatment for those suffering from brain injuries and strokes.