The Khaleesi herself, actress Emilia Clarke, has penned an essay for The New Yorker detailing how she almost died twice due to a health crisis she never expected whilst filming the early seasons of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”.
A then 24-year-old Clarke, to relieve stress, would work out and one morning in a gym she became “violently, voluminously ill” whilst “shooting, stabbing, constricting pain” was mounting. Paramedics soon arrived and rushed her to hospital where it was revealed she suffered a type of aneurysm – a subarachnoid hemorrhage – and she was a lucky one with one-third of those who get it die immediately or soon thereafter.
She underwent three-hour emergency surgery and then experienced aphasia, speaking only in gibberish, which passed. For a few years, no major health issues arose beyond some fatigue until 2013 when filming on the third season ended and doctors found a mass in her brain that required surgery.
The surgery for that failed with her waking up and screaming in pain and near death so they had to go in again, this time operating through her skull. Recovery took some time but in the years she says she has “healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at a hundred percent”.
Clarke has also started a new charity, called SameYou, which she is now promoting to shed light on the medical issues that plagued her and others like her.
Clarke will be seen in the final season of “Game of Thrones” when it returns April 14th.
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