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Emilia Clarke Says a 'Bit of My Brain' Died Upon Suffering a Near-Fatal Aneurysm

Posted on 25 December, 2017 by David
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Emilia Clarke Says a 'Bit of My Brain' Died Upon Suffering a Near-Fatal Aneurysm

Emilia Clarke lost a piece of herself after suffering two brain bleeds.

The 32-year-old Game of Thrones star was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and revealed that, after suffering two brain hemorrhages, a piece of her brain died.

"I was in the gym, and the most excruciating pain, like an elastic band just went like snap in my head and an enormous amount of pressure suddenly," she recalled of her first hemorrhage back in 2011. "And then very, very, very quickly I realized I couldn't stand and I couldn't walk. And in that moment, I knew I was being brain-damaged."

Despite the serious nature of the injury, Clarke returned to work just six weeks after the hemorrhage.

"It's like, 'Hey, thanks for giving me the job. Super appreciate it. I just had a little thing. It's fine. I'm fine,' and so I was pretty much fine," she said.

The second hemorrhage came two years later and was much more serious than the first.

"So, the second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died," Clarke explained, as photos of her in the hospital flashed on the screen. "If a part of your brain doesn't get blood to it for a minute, it will just no longer work. It's like you short circuit. So, I had that."

The doctors were unsure about which specific part of her brain died, but thought it may be related to her concentration or peripheral vision.

"I always say it's my taste in men that's no longer there! That's the part of my brain, yeah, my decent taste in men," she quipped, before revealing that she feared her ability to act was actually the area of her brain that was affected. 

"That was a deep paranoia, from the first one as well," she admitted. "I was like, 'What if something has short-circuited in my brain and I can't act anymore?' I mean, literally it's been my reason for living for a very long time."

Her recovery was very much "a day-to-day thing," one where Clarke said she "definitely went through a period of being down." But, it was her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones that really helped her through the trying time.

"You go on set and you play a bada** and you walk through fire, and that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality," she said.

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