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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Reveals She Had Two Aneurysms While Filming The Show, Thought She Was Going To Die

Wow. We have a newfound respect for 32-year-old actress Emilia Clarke. In a personal essay published by The New Yorker on Thursday, the ‘Games of Thrones‘ star revealed she almost died on two different occasions.

The first incident happened after she finished filming the first season of the hit HBO show. It was February 2011 and she was trying to fight through a workout, but her body was failing her. She had a terrible headache and was incredibly fatigue.

Her trainer forced her to take a break…

Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain — shooting, stabbing, constricting pain — was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.

A woman in the next stall helped her and called for help. Clarke was rushed to the hospital. Once inside the hospital, she was given an MRI that revealed she had a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding in the brain.

I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture. As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter. For the patients who do survive, urgent treatment is required to seal off the aneurysm, as there is a very high risk of a second, often fatal bleed.

When I woke, the pain was unbearable. I had no idea where I was. My field of vision was constricted. There was a tube down my throat and I was parched and nauseated.

One night, a nurse woke her up and asked Clarke her name to test her cognitive function. She couldn’t remember it and just mumbled nonsense. She admits she wanted to pull the plug then, “I asked the medical staff to let me die,” she said. After all, her passion in life centered on language and communication.

Thankfully she recovered, but then in 2013 after filming season three, she had a brain scan in New York for a regular follow-up. They found a growth on the other side of her brain that had doubled in size since the last test.

She went in for surgery again and screamed in pain after a failed operation. They had to do another surgery, this time going through her skull. She woke up from that (successful) surgery in even more pain.

“I emerged from the operation with a drain coming out of my head. Bits of my skull had been replaced by titanium,” she recalled.

It took her a while to heal completely, but now she says she’s feeling 100% again. It’s been over five years since the last operation. You can read her full post by clicking here.


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