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Emilia Clarke And The Brain Aneurysm That Killed Part Of Her Brain

American Celebrity Emilia Clarke was rushed into urgent surgery in 2011 after being diagnosed with a subarachnoid haemorrhage — a stroke that one-third of patients can die from.That would be the first brain aneurysm she was to suffer from.In an essay for the New Yorker. She wrote: “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. In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job — my entire dream of what my life would be — centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.”“I told my bosses at Thrones about my condition, but I didn’t want it to be a subject of public discussion and dissection. The show must go on! Season two would be my worst. I didn’t know what Daenerys was doing. If I am truly being honest, every minute of every day I thought I was going to die.”She said: “Basically, I was in the gym, the most excruciating pain, like an elastic band just went, like, snap in my head. I felt an enormous amount of pressure suddenly, and then very, very, very quickly I realised I couldn’t stand and I couldn’t walk, and in that moment I knew I was being brain-damaged.”


She would again suffer another second aneurysm two years later, and this one was life-threatening.She said: “With the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died. If part of your brain doesn’t get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work. It’s like you short-circuit. So I had that. There was a deep paranoia. I was like, ‘What if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can’t act anymore?’ I mean, literally, it’s been my reason for living for a very long time.”


But the Game of Thrones star had alot to live for. Especially for a show that had millions in waiting for every new episode.The Queen of Dragons just had to survive. And the Game of Thrones project was a serious motivation.Emilia said: “You go on the set, and you play a badass character, and you walk through fire and you speak to hundreds of people, and you’re being asked to work as hard as you possibly can. And that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality.”

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