Clarke had her first aneurysm—which caused a stroke and a subarachnoid hemorrhage—just after the first season of 'Game of Thrones' wrapped up in 2011.
After having two aneurysms in 2011 and 2013, Emilia Clarke claims she is missing "quite a bit" of her brain.
The actress who played Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, told BBC One's Sunday Morning, "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. I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that."
She added, "There's quite a bit missing! Which always makes me laugh. Because strokes, basically, as soon as any part of your brain doesn't get blood for a second, it's gone. And so the blood finds a different route to get around but then whatever bit it's missing is therefore gone."
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Clarke had her first aneurysm—which caused a stroke and a subarachnoid hemorrhage—just after the first season of Game of Thrones wrapped up in 2011, reports PEOPLE. Clarke couldn't recall her name, two weeks later, after having brain surgery. She wrote in a 2019 essay in New Yorker, "I was suffering from a condition called aphasia, a consequence of the trauma my brain had suffered."
She further added, "In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die. My job—my entire dream of what my life would be—centered on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost." However, for Clarke the aphasia was temporary. "I was sent back to the I.C.U. and, after about a week, the aphasia passed. I was able to speak," she added.
Clarke had a second operation in 2013 to address another aneurysm that was threatening to "burst." Despite the fact that the operation was unpleasant and complicated, the actress has been able to return to work. Clarke has also founded SameYou, a nonprofit that raises funds for those recovering from brain injuries and strokes.
The actress's perception of beauty was also transformed as a result of her life-altering medical challenges, as she realized that genuine beauty comes from the inside. She told PEOPLE, "After the surgery, because I felt so scared and under-confident, I was putting all of that into how I looked. As I got older, I realized that people are at their most beautiful when they're not thinking about themselves and considering their own beauty."
She added, "The happy moments and being happy is what you're going to see on your deathbed. You're not going to remember the times when you took that super-cute selfie."
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