GoT Star Shares Shocking Photos From Brain Aneurysms
Emilia Clarke has shared previously unseen photos from her time in hospital after she suffered two brain aneurysms which almost claimed her life.
The Game of Thrones star opened up about her hospitalisation in 2011 at the age of 24 while speaking to Tracy Smith on US chat show Sunday Morning.
The 32-year-old elaborated on the harrowing experience and shared a number of never-before-seen snaps of herself in hospital following the scary situation.
"With the second [aneurysm], there was a bit of my brain that actually died," she told Smith, adding, “If a 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."
She continued, “So I had that, and they didn’t know what it was. So they literally were looking at my brain going ‘well we think it could be her concentration, it could be her peripheral vision.’”
“I always say it’s my taste in men. It’s no longer there,” she joked.
Clarke added that following the aneurysms, she feared she would never be able to act again -- a worrying thought since GoT had just kicked off and she was playing the role of Daenerys Targaryen in the hit series.
“There was all these funny things and for a very long time I thought it was my ability to act," she said.
“I really, really did. That was a deep paranoia from the first one as well, what if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can’t act any more," she continued, adding, “I mean literally it’s been my reason for living for a very long time.”
Last month, the star spoke out for the first time about her hospitalisation in a piece for The New Yorker.
“The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain," she said.
"I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture. As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter.”
She added, “In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die.”
Thankfully, Clarke is doing much better these days and has since created a charity called SameYou which aims to help those recovering from brain injuries and strokes.