Emilia Clarke, who plays Sansa Stark on “Game of Thrones,” is amazed by how far she has come since she had two brain aneurysms that could have killed her.
In an interview with BBC’s “Sunday Morning” on July 17, Clarke talked more about his health problems. “Given how much of my brain I can’t use anymore, it’s amazing that I’m able to speak, sometimes clearly, and live my life normally with no problems,” she said.
“I am one of the very, very, very few people who can handle that,” the “Me Before You” star said.
The actress also said, in a funny way, that after the aneurysms, she had a scan of her brain. She said, “There’s a lot missing, which always makes me laugh.” “Because when you have a stroke, any part of your brain that doesn’t get blood for a second dies. So the blood finds a different way to get around, but then the missing part is gone.”
Clarke first talked about her health in an opinion piece for The New Yorker that came out in March 2019.
The actress from “Game of Thrones” said that she had her first brain aneurysm in 2011 when she was 24 years old. She had to stop working out at the gym because the pain was too much. She went to the bathroom, where she got sick.
“The pain—pain that shot, stabbed, and squeezed—was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was going on: my brain was getting hurt. She wrote that she started to remember lines from “Game of Thrones” to keep her brain sharp.
Someone else at the gym saw Clarke in the bathroom and called an ambulance for her.
After an MRI of her brain, doctors told her that she had a “subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH),” which is a type of stroke that can be fatal and is caused by bleeding into the space around the brain. I had an aneurysm, which is when an artery breaks.”
“I found out later that about 30% of people with SAH die right away or soon after. “Rapid treatment is needed to close off the aneurysm in the patients who do live,” Clarke said.
Emilia Clarke talked about how she had two brain aneurysms while filming “Game of Thrones” and how she got better.
At the hospital, she had brain surgery that was “minimally invasive.” The actress said, “This wouldn’t be my last surgery, and it wouldn’t be the worst.”
Clarke had surgery again in 2013 because “the growth on the other side of my brain had grown twice as big.”