FORMS Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke talks about her near-fatal experience with two aneurysms, expressing her gratitude that she was able to heal despite losing “pieces” of her brain.
Between 2011 and 2013, Clarke struggled with aneurysms caused by a weakening of the blood vessel wall. Both medical emergencies required a long recovery period.
Clarke first spoke about her dire health condition in 2019, reassuring that she has now made a full recovery.
During a BBC interview Sunday morning to promote her performance of Anton Chekhov’s opera Gull at the Harold Pinter Theatre, she detailed her past struggles.
“It was the most excruciating pain,” Clarke said. “It was incredibly helpful to have Game of Thrones sweep me up and give me that goal.”
“The amount of my brain that can no longer be used is wonderful that I can speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally without any consequences,” Clarke added.
“I belong to a very, very, very small minority of people who can survive this,” she said, adding that the brain scan reflects a decline in her brain function.
Clarke then remembered seeing images of her brain after these incidents.
“A lot is missing! Which always makes me laugh,” she continued. “Because strokes, basically, as soon as some part of your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it’s gone. And so the blood finds another way to bypass it, but then what it lacks disappears.”
In response to Clarke’s story, fans mobilized to raise funds for SameYou, an organization she co-founded to help stroke and brain injury survivors. In just two days, over $25,000 (RM111,425) was raised.
Clarke put her health issues behind her and embraced her current state of health, saying, “Well, that’s who you are. This is the brain you have. So it makes no sense to constantly puzzle over what may not be there. ”