The poignant testimony of actress Emilia Clarke, after suffering two aneurysms.
Millions of viewers will sit this Sunday at home to see the eighth and final season of fantasy fiction based on the universe of George RR Martin: Game of Thrones. And, according to forecasts of specialized portals, many of them will make it hard for the end of Daenerys Targaryen, the Queen of the Dragons, to impose on her ruthless adversaries.
It Will Be A new victory for actress Emilia Clarke, aged 32. The first was even more important, she says, when she told how she went on after she suffered two aneurysms after recording the first season a decade ago.
“When I woke up, the pain was unbearable. I Didn’t know where I was. He Had a tube in his throat, and he was parched and nauseous. I was taken out of the ICU after four days and was told that the big obstacle was to get over the first two weeks. If I got it without complications, a good recovery was possible. One night, after having passed that two-week mark, a nurse woke me up and, as part of a series of cognitive exercises, asked me what she was calling me. My complete name is Emilia Isabel Euphemia Rose Clarke. But I couldn’t remember. Out Of my mouth, meaningless words came out and I panicked. I’Ve Never experienced such a fear. I Could see my life go past and it wasn’t worth living. I am an actress, I need to remember my texts and now I could not remember my name, “he explained a few days ago in a first-person article in The New Yorker.
In the text He added: “In my worst moments, I came to ask the doctors to let me die. My work, all my dreams, are focused on language and communication. Without that, I was lost. “
In the last few hours, in an interview with the CBS Sunday Morning program, the actress showed three images of that operation. During The interview, the host Tracy Smith asks for that “February 2011, when you had the worst headache you remember “.
“Yes ,” She replied: “I Was in the gym and in my brain I felt a snap, like an elastic band when it breaks. Like a huge pressure inside me and I realized I couldn’t stand or walk. At that moment I knew I was suffering From brain damage. “
“My complete name is Emilia Isabel Euphemia Rose Clarke. But I couldn’t remember. Out Of my mouth, meaningless words came out and I panicked”
Although in the images it looks pretty good, in full recovery, the drama that was inside and related in The New Yorker is deep: “I Was terrified. Terrified by attention, by a business he barely understood, to honor the trust that the Game creators of Thrones had put in me. I felt, in every way, exposed. In The first episode I appeared naked and from there I always asked the same question: ‘ You Make a strong woman and yet you take off your clothes. Why? How Many men should I kill to prove my worth? “
The newspaper EL PAÍS in Madrid was also a situation that, coupled with the pressure to see how it had become an example to follow – “The girls dressed in platinum blond wigs and tunics to be Daenerys” – caused a lot of stress.
To alleviate it, he writes the newspaper, began to work with a personal trainer and during a session with him began to feel bad. “I Felt like an elastic band squeezing my brain. I Tried to ignore the pain, but I couldn’t. I told my coach I had to take a break. “
“Almost dragging me to the locker room. I Got to the bathroom and knelt down, nauseous. As the pain pierced my head more and more. I Knew what was happening: my brain was touched. ” A woman discovered her in that state and called an ambulance.
“He Came to help me and then everything went fuzzy. I Remember the sound of a mermaid, an ambulance; I heard new voices, someone saying my pulse was weak, while I vomited bile. Someone found my phone and called my parents, “The New Yorker wrote.
“A cloud of unconsciousness alighted upon me. Since no one knew what was wrong with me, doctors and nurses could not administer pain-relieving medication. I Finally had an MRI, a brain scan. The diagnosis was rapid and sinister: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a type of life-threatening stroke, caused by a hemorrhage in the space surrounding the brain. I Had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture, “the actress says.
“As I learned later, about a third of patients with SAH die immediately or shortly thereafter. Patients who survive require urgent treatment to seal the aneurysm, as there is a very high risk of a second hemorrhage, often deadly. If I wanted to live and avoid terrible sequels, I had to undergo urgent surgery. “
Clarke was transferred to the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. At first the operation was not in their plans. “At That time my life was very hectic, I didn’t have time for brain surgery,” he thought, but he finally accepted and underwent a three-hour intervention. “This wouldn’t be my last surgery and it wouldn’t be the worst. He Was 24 years old, “he says.
About a week later, Clarke came back out of the ICU. He knew how to speak and remembered his name. A month later he left the hospital. “I came back to my life, but while I was in the hospital, I was told that I had a smaller aneurysm on the other side of the brain and that it could break at any time. The doctors said it was small and that it was possible for him to remain inactive and harmless indefinitely. We’d Just have to watch him carefully. “
The actress told the media that the promotion of the series was very intense and that before beginning to record the second season of Game of Thrones was still feeling very insecure. “He Drank morphine between interview and interview. The pain was still there and I felt a fatigue as multiplied by a million. I Remember thinking: ‘ I can’t think or just breathe, let alone be charming. ‘
The next intervention for his second aneurysm came after the end of the third season, in 2013. When the filming was over, the actress jumped into a show on Broadway. Being in New York for one of these representations, he went to one of the brain revisions that was already done on a regular basis.
“The bulge on the other side of my brain had grown a lot, its size had doubled and the doctor said it had to be” taken care of. ” I was promised a relatively simple operation, easier than last time. “
They performed the same operation as the first time, using the same novel technique. The results were not good. “When I woke up, I cried in pain. The procedure had failed. I Had a massive hemorrhage and the doctors told me that my chances of survival were scarce if they didn’t operate again. This time they needed to access my brain in the traditional way, through the skull. And the operation had to be done immediately, “he told in his writing.
“The recovery was even more painful than it had been after the first surgery. He Seemed to have gone through a more frightful war than any that Daenerys had experienced. I Left the operation with a drain that Came out of my head, “he noted. “Now you don’t see the scar that runs through my scalp to my ear, but at first I thought it would be visible.”
Clarke claimed that what was most troubling him was cognitive or sensory losses. “Would I be affected by concentration? To memory? To the vision? Now I tell people that what he did to me was to lose my good taste for men. But None of this seemed amusing at the time, “ironically. After another month in hospital, he received discharge and, After a while, regained hope.
Why did you make your testimony public? The actress said she wanted to thank all the attention and help she has received during this time and give visibility to such a serious and important disease. In fact, the Game Interpreter of Thrones now dedicates part of his time to a charitable association of the United Kingdom and the United States.
“It Is called SameYou, and aims to provide treatment to people who recover from brain injuries. “I thank my mother and my brother, my doctors and nurses, my friends. Every day I miss my father, who died of cancer in 2016 and whom I can never thank enough that I hold my hand to the end, “writes the actress, who finishes his text reassuring his fans:” Now I’m one hundred percent. ” And this Sunday will start another battle in which he hopes to emerge victorious. This time, in fiction.