Actress Emilia Clarke Revealed Her Diagnosis With Critical Brain Disease
- Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has revealed she was diagnosed with a critical brain disease, aneurysm.
- She revealed in her story for the New Yorker that she had just finished filming the first season of GOT when she was first diagnosed with the disease.
- She underwent surgery in and recovered, however, she again caught the disease two years later and underwent surgery immediately.
Hollywood heartthrob Emilia Clarke has revealed her diagnosis with a life-threatening aneurysm.
The 32-year-old Game of Thrones starlet Clarke revealed in a story for the New Yorker on Thursday, 21st March that she underwent two brain surgeries in last eight years.
Clarke said her health started deteriorating in 2011. She wrote,
My trainer had me get into the plank position, and I immediately felt as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain
She further wrote,
I tried to ignore the pain and push through it, but I just couldn't. I told my trainer I had to take a break. Somehow, almost crawling, I made it to the locker room. I reached the toilet, sank to my knees.
The actress went on writing,
The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain. I'd had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture. As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients died immediately or soon thereafter.
Emilia Clarke, famous as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO series was diagnosed with the disease in 2011 when she had just completed shooting the first season of the series.
After the diagnosis, she went through a three-hour surgery and spent a few days in ICU before returning home. Again in 2013, her doctors found another aneurysm that required another cerebral surgery. She further wrote,
When they woke me, I was screaming in pain. The procedure had failed. I had a ma s sive bleed and the doctors made it plain that my chances of surviving were precarious if they didn't operate again.
She also said the doctors accessed to her brain in an old-fashioned way as the operation had to happen immediately. Then she spent a month in the hospital. She recalled the days writing "there was terrible anxiety, panic attacks...I felt like a shell of myself.
She further mentioned that she wanted to help others encouraging donations to the charity, "Same You" that provides treatment for people suffering from similar brain injuries.