Emilia Clarke Had Two Brain Aneurysms during Game of Thrones. She Explains How Paramedics Calmed Her Down.

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Many of us know the Emilia Clarke because of her role as Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryen. She also wowed us in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and has been a fixture in British cinema and TV for quite some time now.

But few of us know about her struggle during her time on the show. She had not one, but two brain aneurysms during the show’s run and went through several hardships as a result.

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She wrote about her experience for the New YorkerIn it, Clarke reveals that she suffered one brain aneurysm in 2011, and another one in 2013.

The diagnosis was a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of brain aneurysm that causes death in approximately 1/3 of patients.

Clarke wrote,

“I’d never experienced fear like that — a sense of doom closing in.

I could see my life ahead, and it wasn’t worth living.”

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As an actor, Clarke was terrified that she wouldn’t be able to continue pursuing her craft after these events. Six weeks later, Clarke went back to GOT and says of the experience,

“Season two would be my worst. I didn’t know what Daenerys was doing.

If I am truly being honest, every minute of every day I thought I was going to die.”

But she also disclosed that her paramedics worked hard to keep her spirits high. The says of her EMTs,

“They’d given me drugs so I was in less pain, wrapped me up like a tortilla and made me laugh the whole way to the hospital.”

Clarke was also lucky to have others to support her, such as her mother and the nurses who cared for her. She was so moved by the experiences that she became an Ambassador to the Royal College of Nurses in 2018.


Wow! We’re glad Clarke pulled through!

And not only that she’s doing well, but also that she remembers those who helped her stay healthy and in good spirits throughout those difficult ordeals!

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Let us know what you think of their tough job!