Game of Thrones star, Emilia Clark has revealed how she almost died while filming the HBO hit series. According to the lady who stars as Daenerys Targaryen the mother of dragons, the problem started in 2011 when they just finished wrapping up season one of the series.
She said she felt a slight headache then her condition rapidly declined.
“For a few moments, I tried to will away the pain and the nausea,” she wrote in The New Yorker. “I said to myself, ‘I will not be paralysed’.
“I moved my fingers and toes to make sure that was true. To keep my memory alive, I tried to recall, among other things, some lines from Game of Thrones.
Rushed to hospital, a brain scan revealed Emilia Clark was suffering from a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a life-threatening type of stroke. After going through her surgery, she said woke up in immense pain.
“I had no idea where I was. My field of vision was constricted. There was a tube down my throat and I was parched and nauseated.”
Medical personnel who checked on her said when she was asked to say her name, all that came out of her mouth was gibberish. She was diagnosed with Aphasia, an inability to speak, which plunged Emilia into a fear she may never be able to speak for the rest of her life.
“In my worst moments, I wanted to pull the plug. I asked the medical staff to let me die,” she said. “My job-my entire dream of what my life would be-centred on language, on communication. Without that, I was lost.”
A surgery was done on her which solved the problem but left a scar from her scalp to her ear which can rarely be seen.
“After keeping quiet all these years, I’m telling you the truth in full. Please believe me: I know that I am hardly unique, hardly alone.
“In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at a hundred per cent.”