One of the biggest names in Hollywood has just made the most shocking announcement. Emilia Clarke, star of the mega-famous HBO show, Game of Thrones, is getting tragically personal in her most recent essay published by The New Yorker.
In the piece, A Battle for My Life,” Emilia shares the very scary news she faced just as her claim-to-fame show aired. The star shared that in February 2011, just as Game of Thrones was premiering, she underwent two major brain surgeries.
The first surgery came after Emilia suffered from a “bad headache.” Moments later, she collapsed in the bathroom. The star was rushed to the hospital where she discovered that she had ruptured brain aneurysm. She wrote, “"The diagnosis was quick and ominous: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke, caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain.”
She added, “"I’d had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture. As I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter. For the patients who do survive, urgent treatment is required to seal off the aneurysm, as there is a very high risk of a second, often fatal bleed. If I was to live and avoid terrible deficits, I would have to have urgent surgery. And, even then, there were no guarantees."
Emilia opted for the surgery, and thankfully found her way through recovery. During the recovery, she suffered from memory loss, but was still able to work. However, just weeks into “normal life,” she learned that she had another “"smaller aneurysm" on the other side of her brain that could “pop” at any given time.
While she was surviving off of morphine to numb the pain and living in constant a fear of dying alone, she decided to get a the second growth “taken care of” as it had doubled in size. Emilia had the second surgery but faced major complications that left her in great pain. In the essay, she wrote, “The procedure had failed. I had a massive bleed and the doctors made it plain that my chances of surviving were precarious if they didn’t operate again. This time they needed to access my brain in the old-fashioned way — through my skull. And the operation had to happen immediately," she explains.
She added the recovery was “even more painful than it had been after the first surgery. I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced. I emerged from the operation with a drain coming out of my head. Bits of my skull had been replaced by titanium.”
Emilia spend the next month in a recovery, and worked hard to stay positive. Today, nearly 6 years later, she concludes her experience by simply saying “I survived.” She also expressed her gratitude, saying “in the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at a hundred percent."
Thank God for modern medicine and doctors who take their patient’s lives so seriously. We hope the very best for Emilia and will be praying for her brain. Thank God is okay!
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