“Just when all my childhood dreams seemed to have come true, I almost lost my mind and then my life. I have never told this story publicly, but now is the time”. Who speaks is none other than Emilia Clarke, the 32-year-old actress world famous for playing Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, who has revealed in a letter published in ‘The New Yorker’, entitled ‘A battle for my life’ (a battle for my life), two serious episodes that made his life hang by a thread.
“On the morning of February 11, 2011, I was changing in a gym locker room in Crouch End, North London, when I started to get a severe headache before training. With the first few exercises I felt as if my brain were being squeezed with a rubber band. I tried to ignore the pain, but just couldn’t. I told my coach that I had to take a break, but the pain got worse. Somehow I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged”Says Emilia Clarke, who had to be transferred to the hospital and there they discovered the cause. He had a brain aneurysm and had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
At that time, Emilia Clarke was 24 years old, had just finished filming the first season of Game of Thrones and life was putting it through a tough test from which not everyone manages to come out on top. In his case, the rapid action of the medical services avoided greater evils. She underwent endovascular surgery for three hours and had to recover.
“When I woke up, the pain was excruciating. He had no idea where he was. My field of vision was narrow. There was a tube down my throat and I felt nauseous. I was transferred from the Intensive Care Unit of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London after four days and they told me that the great obstacle was to overcome the two weeks. If I did it without complications, my chances of a good recovery were high, “the actress explains in her letter.
And indeed it exceeded the two-week mark, although in addition to the discomfort of the intervention Emilia Clarke had a very obvious sequel: she suffered from aphasia. He couldn’t even say his name. Aphasia is an expressive and comprehensive language disorder that impairs the ability to communicate. One more drama for an actress before the opportunity of her life. But luckily, after a week, the aphasia symptoms subsided.
During her stay in the hospital, one of the MRI scans she underwent showed that had a second aneurysm in the opposite part of the brain so the doctors recommended frequent check-ups and tests to avoid another similar episode.
The second episode, more serious
And so two years passed until in 2013, after filming the third season of Game of Thrones on a routine visit to undergo a medical check-up, they discovered that the size of the aneurysm had increased and they agreed to perform another simple endovascular procedure to treat the problem. But what should have been a bit lighter than the 2011 episode turned into a nightmare.
“When they woke me up, I was screaming in pain. The procedure had failed. I had a massive hemorrhage and the doctors made it clear that my chances of survival were poor if I did not operate again.. This time they needed to access my brain in the traditional way, through my skull. And the operation had to happen immediately ”, assures Emilia Clarke in her letter, but once again she dodged the bullet that destiny had prepared for her.
“The recovery was even more painful than it had been after the first surgery. It looked like she’d been through a more gruesome war than any Daenerys ever fought. I spent a month in the hospital again and, at times, I lost all hope. He couldn’t look anyone in the eye. I had anxiety and panic attacks. I was raised to never say “It’s not fair.” They taught me to remember that there is always someone who is worse than you. But going through this experience for the second time was too much and all hope vanished ”, recognizes Emilia Clarke, who is aware of how lucky she is and now, about to premiere the final season of Game of Thrones, has gathered the courage to tell your experience.
Daenerys Targaryen of the Storm, The Burningless, Chain Breaker, Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi of the Dothraki, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Mistress of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Kingdom it still has many battles to fight.
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