The star of the Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke explained how she survived two life threatening Aneurysms after the success of the first session of the series of GoT
The Game of Thrones which is finally counting on the final days and is about to end its session this April 14th, is being awaited by the audience to finally witness the entire 8 session of the show. The internet and social media has been taken to a storm by the trailers and posters release by the makers. The fans and the cast of GoT are equally trilled and emotional at the same time as the series is coming to an end. The fans and the cast members have grown an attachment to the series and literally were on tears and Emilia Clarke was one of them.
In an essay for The New Yorker, Clarke explained as the first session of the GoT has come to an end, she is scared about the health concerns as she has suffered two life threatening Aneurysms. “Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I nearly lost my mind and then my life. I’ve never told this story publicly, but now it’s time,” she started, adding, “I was terrified. Terrified of the attention, terrified of a business I barely understood, terrified of trying to make good on the faith that the creators of Thrones had put in me. I felt, in every way, exposed.”
Emilia claims that the problem stared with GoT as before that she was a healthy person and that, “Sometimes I got a little light-headed, because I often had low blood pressure and a low heart rate. Once in a while, I’d get dizzy and pass out,” adding, “When I was fourteen, I had a migraine that kept me in bed for a couple of days, and in drama school I’d collapse once in a while. But it all seemed manageable, part of the stress of being an actor and of life in general. Now I think that I might have been experiencing warning signs of what was to come.”
Back in 2011, when Emilia was trying to push herself through a number of exercises along with her trainer, that is when she noticed something was wrong as she had a really bad headache. “I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t,” she wrote. “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.” Further, she stated, “I heard a woman’s voice coming from the next stall, asking me if I was OK. No, I wasn’t. She came to help me and maneuvered me onto my side, in the recovery position. Then everything became, at once, noisy and blurry,” she recalled. “I remember the sound of a siren, an ambulance; I heard new voices, someone saying that my pulse was weak. I was throwing up bile. Someone found my phone and called my parents, who live in Oxfordshire, and they were told to meet me at the emergency room.”
After taking her to the hospital she was given an MRI and was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage “a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain.” She wrote, “I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture.” After the operation, Clarke was in excruciating pain and after two weeks in the ICU, a nurse gave her a series of cognitive exercises that tested her on facts, including her name. “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,” she wrote. “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.” Soon after, Emilia understood that she was suffering from aphasia, the inability to understand speech and soon after, she wanted to “pull the plug” asking the staff to let her die- “my entire dream of what my life would be — centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.”
After this incident Clarke realized she is suffering from aphasia which means she was unable to understand speech. Listening to this, she wanted to die and asked the staff to ‘pull the plug’. Later she recovered in her life and came back to a normal life but she was informed by her doctor she has small aneurysm which may reoccur anytime in her life.
Soon after this in the year 2013, she went for a head scan where it was found that the aneurysm has grown into double and that she needs to undergo a surgery. Clarke wrote that the recovery from her second surgery was even more painful and she spent another month in the hospital where she had, so to say, lost all hopes. But post her second surgery, Clarke revealed that she had healed and “I am now at a hundred percent.”
Post her second surgery and come back, Clarke announced the launch of SameYou- a charitable trust that provides treatment and helps those recovering from strokes and brain injuries. “There is something gratifying, and beyond lucky, about coming to the end of Thrones.”