Emilia Clarke suffered life-threatening aneurysms while filming 'Game Of Thrones'

Emilia Clarke suffered life-threatening aneurysms while filming 'Game Of Thrones'

Emilia Clarke suffered life-threatening aneurysms while filming 'Game Of Thrones'

But "the pain was unbearable" when she woke up.

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

"But I was also aware that there were people in the beds around me who didn't make it out of the I.C.U". She explained she became "violently, voluminously ill" while the "shooting, stabbing, constricting pain" only continued to get worse.

"At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged", Clarke recalls.

This surgery was far more intrusive, meaning her skull had to be opened up.

Game of Thrones season 8 returns April 14 on HBO in the United States, and the next day on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

She was transferred from the local hospital to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in central London after receiving the diagnosis.

The actress, then 24, had suffered from "a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain" which forced her into the first of her brain surgeries. "I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn't", she adds. If I was to live and avoid bad deficits, I would have to have urgent surgery. "I vividly remember thinking, I can't keep up or think or breathe, much less try to be charming", she explained.

However, it failed and she suffered a brain bleed that almost killed her. "Now I couldn't recall my name".


Emilia said she was unable to remember her own name after the devastating brain haemorrhage in 2013, which left her in intensive care. "Please believe me: I know that I am hardly unique, hardly alone". I tried to will away the pain and the nausea. "I was often so woozy, so weak, that I thought I was going to die", she admits. Without that, I was lost.

"I felt completely lost", she told the Daily Mail. So much so that I now have a hard time remembering those dark days in much detail. "I was so tired that I could barely put on my sneakers".

"I went in for a brain scan - something I now had to do regularly", she wrote. It was in 2013, while she was in NY appearing in a Broadway show, that a brain scan revealed that the second aneurysm had "doubled in size". The surgery was expected to be relatively simple, but unfortunately, the procedure failed. "I had a massive bleed and the doctors made it plain that my chances of surviving were precarious if they didn't operate again", she says. This time they needed to access my brain in the old fashioned way-through my skull.

She ensured fans that she has completely recovered.

"I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced", she said.

Clarke wrote that she was taken to a hospital and that doctors couldn't immediately diagnose her condition. However, not only did the Brit survive and emerge without a disability, she did so while working and keeping her condition under wraps. She kept the news of her surgeries a secret until now, even denying a National Enquirer story that ran six weeks after the procedure. I said to myself, "I will not be paralyzed".

Read Clarke's essay in full at The New Yorker.

She said she wants to break her silence over her near-fatal brain injuries to help others with the "invisible illness".

"There is something gratifying, and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of 'Thrones, '" she concluded. "Someone found my phone and called my parents, who live in Oxfordshire, and they were told to meet me at the emergency room of Whittington Hospital".

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