Emilia Clarke, star of ‘Game of Thrones,’ revealed in a recent interview that she is missing a significant portion of her brain due to two serious aneurysms.
During the 2011 and 2013 filming of the popular HBO series, the actress underwent and survived two brain surgeries for aneurysms.
The aneurysm that could have killed her is a blood vessel bulge caused by a weakness in the vessel wall. Her recovery was difficult, and she continues to experience some lasting effects.
In the interview, the 35-year-old actress stated, “It is remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally with no consequences.”
She went on, “I am among the extremely, extremely, extremely small minority of individuals who can survive that. There are numerous omissions! Which makes me laugh every time.”
Because of strokes, any part of the brain that does not receive blood for one second dies. Therefore, the blood takes a different route to reach its destination, and the missing portion is lost.’
Emilia stated that her memory is intact because she is able to perform in the new adaptation of ‘The Seagull’ without forgetting any of her lines.
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She stated, in a newspaper interview, “The procedure was unsuccessful. I had a massive hemorrhage, and the doctors made it clear that my survival chances were tenuous if they did not operate again. This time, they had to access my brain through my skull, the traditional method. And the procedure had to be performed immediately.”
After enduring this ordeal, Emilia founded SameYou, a charity that raises funds for patients recovering from brain surgeries and strokes.