'Game of Thrones' star Emilia Clarke has opened up about her experience surviving two brain aneurysms, expressing gratitude that she had a chance to recover despite losing "quite a bit" of the brain.
During the production of 'Game of Thrones', Emilia Clarke suffered two life-threatening brain aneurysms: the first in 2011 and the second in 2013. Both of which necessitated lengthy recovery periods.
“The amount of my brain that is no longer usable — it’s remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally with absolutely no repercussions,” Clarke stated. “I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that.”
“There’s quite a bit missing. Which always makes me laugh… Strokes, basically, as soon as any part of your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it’s gone. So the blood finds a different route to get around, but then whatever bit is missing is therefore gone.” Clarke says recalling the time she saw her brain scans after the incidents.
While Clarke has put her own medical troubles behind her and accepted her current health condition, she has created a charity for brain injury and stroke victims called SameYou.
“I thought, ‘Well, this is who you are. This is the brain that you have.’ So there’s no point in continually wracking your brains about what might not be there,” Clarke said.