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Emilia Clarke’s terrifying health journey, life after thrones

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Emilia Clarke’s terrifying health journey, life after thrones

Emilia Clarkes terrifying health journey, life after thrones
Emilia Clarke’s terrifying health journey, life after thrones

Emilia Clarke, the actress who captivated the world as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, has more than fire-breathing dragons and epic battles.

Her journey is one of resilience, advocacy and defying expectations. As she receives the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to people with brain injuries, let’s delve into the lesser-known chapters of her life.

In 2019, Emilia shared her battle with the aneurysm with the New Yorker. Recalling the moment she suffered her first serious injury while working out at the gym, Emilia wrote: ‘On the morning of 11th February 2011 I was getting dressed in the changing room at a gym in Crouch End, North London when I started to feel a bad headache coming on. I was so tired I could barely put my sneakers on. When I started my training, I had to push myself through the first few exercises.”

“Then my coach had me get into a plank position and I immediately felt like a rubber band was pressing down on my brain. I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn’t. I told my coach that I needed to take a break. Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the dressing room. I got to the bathroom, fell to my knees, and began to experience excruciating, excruciating pain. Meanwhile, the pain—a shooting, stabbing, tightening pain—was getting worse. On some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.

Emilia fought through the pain, remained conscious and recited Game of Thrones. A bystander helped her to her feet. He has vague memories of an ambulance and a hospital.

Then she recalls, “They sent me for an MRI, a brain scan. The diagnosis was quick and ominous: subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding in the space around the brain. I had an aneurysm, a ruptured artery. As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon after. For patients who survive, urgent treatment is needed to seal the aneurysm, as there is a very high risk of second, often fatal, bleeding. If I wanted to live and avoid the terrible deficits, I had to have an emergency operation.”

Emilia was worried about undergoing surgery before filming new episodes of Game of Thrones. After three hours of surgery, she awoke with anxiety because she couldn’t remember her own name, sparking fears for her career.

Emilia admits that she may have been a little naive about the nude scenes she had to endure. She told Sky News in 2019: “I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them and it was like, ‘Oh, that’s the catch!'”

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