Emilia Clarke Opens Up On Having A Stroke During The GoT Filming
The character of Daenerys Targaryen is one of the top favorites of the series 'Game of Thrones,' and this would primarily be in credit of the brilliant performance of the actress Emilia Clarke. She rose into international prominence with her breathtaking role which garnered her so many accolades from both fans and critics.
Emilia is also popularly known for her unique role in the romance movie ‘Me before You’ as well as some other productions. One huge thing that was not known about Clarke up until recently was that while on set for the creation of the HBO series 'Game of Thrones,' she battled two instances of a brain aneurysm and stroke which almost took her life.
Growing up for Emilia
She was born in London in October 1986, and she grew up in Berkshire, England. Between 2000 and 2005, she schooled in St.Edward’s School of Oxford and there she appeared in two plays. After graduating from college in 2010, she got her first movie role in the television movie, 'Triassic Attack.'
Due to the stress of filming the first season of 'GoT' and the mind-blowing acclaims it got, Clarke had to find a way to deal with stress, and this made her sign up in a gym and start working out. In February 2011, as she was getting dressed in the locker room of the gym, she began to feel a severe headache and could not work out properly. A woman noticed her and called an ambulance. The actress was taken to the hospital where she was sent for an MRI.
The mother of dragons was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage which is a life-threatening type of stroke. This according to the doctors was primarily caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain generally referred to as an aneurysm, i.e., an arterial rupture.
A discovery which the 32-years-old actress made was that a third of the patients who are diagnosed with this condition either died immediately or soon after. Few patients survive, and this would be as a result of urgent treatment required to seal off the aneurysm. Although, there would always be a high risk of a second and often fatal bleed. For her to live, she would require an urgent brain surgery with a practically low guarantee.
Overcoming the first
Emilia had the surgery and woke up with so much pain. She was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit four days after the surgery, and the doctors said that the great challenge for her would be to make it through the two-week mark without further complications. If this happened, her chances of recovering well were high.
Just when she thought it was over
Before beginning to shoot for the second season of 'Game of Thrones,' Clarke was informed of a smaller aneurysm present on the other side of her brain of which could pop at any time. Fast forward to the filming of season two, she felt weak and according to her “thought she was going to die.” After the third season of 'GoT,' Emilia went for a brain scan and discovered that the "small growth" had doubled in size and an operated was needed. The procedure however failed.
All over again the third time
With massive bleeding and weakness, the beautiful actress was told that her chances of surviving were quite delicate if her brain was not operated on again. This time around, the operation would be done “the old fashioned way” which meant through her skull. As Daenerys Targaryen, she emerged from the surgery with a drain coming out of her head and her skull replaced in some parts with titanium.
All hopes not lost yet
Some weeks after the surgery, she had to go with other cast members to the Comic-Con in San Diego where, right before they went on to answer questions, she was hit with a horrific headache. Thankfully, it was a sign of her recovery process. Having fully recovered, Emilia shares her story not just for the sake of info but to encourage donations to the charity ‘SameYou’ which provides treatment for those recovering from brain injuries.
There is always hope if you can continue to believe and focus on the positives of life. Those going through situations similar to this might be around you and finding ways to support them would be great and helpful. So share this article with your friends and everyone to inspire them. Let us know what you think about Emilia Clarke and your favorite scene of her in 'Game of Thrones.'