By: Kayla Reyes
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke revealed in a personal essay published by the New York Times that she experienced two life-threatening brain aneurysms after filming the first season of the show.
In the essay, Clarke recalls feeling a “shooting, stabbing, constricting pain” that she tried to ignore while working out with her trainer. When she continued to become voluminously ill, she was rushed to the hospital where she taken an MRI scan and was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage and found an aneurysm on the side of her brain. Clarke went under surgery and her two week recovering process was not easy. She expressed, “Nonsense words tumbled out of my mouth and I went into a blind panic. I’d never experienced fear like that — a sense of doom closing in. I could see my life ahead, and it wasn’t worth living. I am an actor; I need to remember my lines. Now I couldn’t recall my name.” This was due to the language disorder aphasia.
After fully recovering, Clarke returned back to filming Game of Thrones. Although it may have seem like a joyous time to be back at work, Clarke was told she had a second small aneurysms on the opposite side of her brain that can rupture at any moment. While filming season 3 of the show, Clarke was informed her aneurysms doubled in size and she needed to have another emergency surgery. The surgery was not as successful as the first, Clarke remembers waking up and screaming from the pain. She would catch panic attacks and even told the doctors to pull the plug on her and let her die.
After not giving up, Clarke was back on her feet and at work with her cast-mates weeks later. She assured her fans she is full recovered and 100% better. She created a charity for brain injury and stroke victims which is called SameYou.
We support and appreciate Emilia Clarke for sharing her story with the world!