This past week, Emilia Clarke, actress who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the famed ‘Game of Thrones’ series, revealed how she spent her time onscreen as Mother Dragons and offscreen slaying two brain aneurysms that threatened her life. In 2011, Emilia experienced the worst headache of her life and underwent endovascular treatment for a ruptured brain aneurysm. After months of recovery and observation, she was later treated for her second unruptured brain aneurysm with both endovascular and open microsurgical treatment. Her essay in The New Yorker is an eye-opening window into the struggles of ruptured brain aneurysm survivors.
In a story of a remarkable recovery, she has since helped to develop a charity who’s mission is to provide treatment for people recovering from stroke and brain injuries. Visit SameYou for more information on her inspirational efforts.
Listen: David Remnick interviews Emilia Clarke on The New Yorker Radio Hour. Embedded from The New Yorker.