Emilia Clarke says parts of her brain are 'missing' after aneurysm

Emilia Clarke says she had "the most excruciating pain" after suffering two brain aneurysms, but is grateful for both her recovery and for working on "Game of Thrones" at the time.

The actress suffered the life-threatening aneurysms in 2011 and 2013 and said that when it comes to her brain now, "there's quite a bit missing."

"Strokes, basically, as soon as any part of your brain doesn't get blood for a second it's gone," Clarke said. "So the blood finds a different route to get around, but then whatever bit is missing is therefore gone."

“In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug,” she said. “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.”

She also said with the amount of her 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."

Clarke previously opened up about the aneurysms in a 2019 personal essay for The New Yorker, entitled “A Battle For My Life.” In the piece, Clarke discussed the experience publicly for the first time, recalling the terror and hopelessness she felt in the hospital wondering if she would ever act, or even converse, again.

Clarke, who played Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO series, is currently starring in the play "The Seagull" in London's West End.

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