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Of Minyvonne Burke
The "Game of Thrones" actress Emilia Clarke wrote an emotional essay revealing that she suffered two brain aneurysms, one in 2011 after filming the first season of the HBO series, and another in 2013, after the third season of the show.
In a long article for The New Yorker, the 32-year-old actress, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones," said she had her first aneurysm while she was in a gym locker room in North London in February 2011 .
"I was so tired that I could barely put on sneakers: when I started my training, I had to force myself in the first exercises," he wrote. "Then my trainer got me into the bridge position, and I immediately felt as if an elastic band was holding my brain, I tried to ignore the pain and push it, but I couldn't."
Clarke said she left the training class and once she returned to the locker room she became "violently, voluminously sick". A woman in the locker room came up to see if Clarke needed help, and the next thing Clarke said was that someone called her parents and told them to meet her at the hospital.
The actress, who said that the acting was always her dream, was diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of potentially lethal stroke caused by the hemorrhage in the space surrounding the brain, and would need of a "minimally invasive" surgery that did not require doctors to open his skull.
In the following month, Clarke was hospitalized, suffered from vision problems, "unbearable" pain and memory loss.
"I had never felt fear in that way – a sense of death in closing. I could see my life in front of me, and it was not worth living. I am an actor, I need to remember my lines. My name, "he wrote.
According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, aneurysms are fatal in about 40 percent of cases and those that survive, just over 60 percent suffer from permanent neurological deficit. About 15% of people who have had a brain aneurysm die before reaching the hospital.
The actress said she had suffered a second brain aneurysm in 2013 while she was in New York for a play in which she was. After going to the doctor for a brain scan, Clarke said she had been told growth on the side of the brain she was aware of during her first hospital stay had "doubled in size" and required surgery.
"This time they needed to access my brain the old way – through my skull and the operation had to take place immediately," he wrote.
Clarke said the procedure left it as if it had "gone through a more gruesome war than that experienced by Daenerys".
"I came out of the operation with a drain coming out of my head: fragments of my skull had been replaced by titanium," he wrote.
Clarke, who wrote that she was previously questioned by a journalist about her health problems but denied, said she is now ready to tell her "the truth in full".
He also said he took a passion other than acting, helping people recover from brain injuries and caressing a charity that helped develop Call SameYou.