(WTNH) — She may be one of the most-recognizable actresses known for her work as “The Mother of Dragons“ or a character named Daenerys Targaryen on the popular HBO show, ‘Game of Thrones‘. The 32-year-old British actress, Emilia Clarke, recently revealed that underwent two life-saving brain operations in an essay published by The New Yorker.
While filming for the show in February 2011, Emilia recalled suffering from a “bad headache“ while working out with a trainer. A short while later, the actress was transported by ambulance to the hospital where she was given a MRI to scan her brain. The findings were bleak. Emilia Clarke suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) which was a life-threatening stroke. She reveals a statistic in her essay that, “about a third of patients die immediately or shortly thereafter“.
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At the age of 24, she underwent brain surgery to repair her condition. During recovery, she was unable to even recite her name but made significant progress and returned to acting. In 2013, after filming season three of ‘Game of Thrones’, Emilia experienced brain bleed and needed another surgery in which pieces of her skull were replaced with titanium.
The popular actress has now fully recovered and will be featured in the highly-anticipated new season of ‘Game of Thrones‘ in April 2019.