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Emilia Clarke admitted she’s missing 'quite a bit' of her brain after surviving two 'excruciating' aneurysms

Emilia Clarke admitted she’s missing 'quite a bit' of her brain after surviving two 'excruciating' aneurysms

The star and her mum have just been appointed MBEs

Emilia Clarke previously admitted she’s missing ‘quite a bit’ of her brain after surviving two ‘excruciating’ aneurysms.

Since suffering the brain haemorrhages in her 20s, the Game of Thrones star set up charity SameYou with her mum which works to develop better recovery treatment for fellow survivors.

Clarke and her mum Jenny have now been appointed MBEs in the New Year Honours for services to people with brain injuries.

The actor opened up about the surgery she received from her own terrifying ordeals, which unfolded in 2011 and 2013 when she was filming for the hit HBO show.

As per the NHS, a brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel in your brain, caused by a weakness in the blood vessel wall, and if it bursts it can cause fatal internal bleeding.

Luckily the 37-year-old actor lived to tell the tale, but it's not come without its consequences.

Speaking on BBC’s Sunday Morning, she said: "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.

Emilia Clarke suffered her first aneurysm in 2011.
CBS Sunday Morning

"I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that."

When asked about seeing a scan of her brain, Emilia said: "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."

Prior to this, the now MBE described the 'excruciating pain' she suffered as a result of the aneurysms, which caused repeated vomiting and left her trying to stay conscious and maintain her brain function.

After undergoing surgery which she previously admitted was the most pain she's ever been through, she is now able to live her life and continue with acting.

Back in 2019, the star shared never-before-seen images of her in hospital following one of the aneurysms while speaking about the difficult road to recovery.

The actor portrayed Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones.

In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, the Daenerys Targaryen actor said: "The first time it was difficult, with the second one I found it much harder to stay optimistic.

"[I coped with it as a] a day to day thing. I definitely went through a period of being... down - putting it mildly.

"The second one, there was a bit of my brain that actually died. 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."

She went on to describe how her leading role in GoT may just have saved her life, adding: "You go on the set and you play a badass character, and you walk through fire, and you speak to hundreds of people, and you're being asked to be - to work as hard as you possibly can.

"And that became the thing that just saved me from considering my own mortality."

Using her experiences to help others alongside her mum with SameYou, Clarke told BBC News the pair of them being MBEs is ‘wicked’.

Featured Image Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage/CBS Sunday Morning

Topics: Emilia Clarke, UK News, Health, Game of Thrones