Emilia Clarke Opens Up About Suffering Two Brain Aneurysms

The 'Game of Thrones' star has opened up about her past near-fatal health struggles

March 22, 2019

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In a new article for the New Yorker, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke reveals she has had to fight more than just dragons.

The actress pens “A Battle For My Life,” where she admits that she has denied health struggles before when asked by reporters, but now she’s ready to open up. She’s revealed that she almost died while filming the HBO series after suffering two brain aneurysms that doctors warned her were potentially fatal.

The first came after the first season in 2011, and the second in 2013 after the third season.

ITS HAPPENING PEOPLE!!!!!!! Posters are live and kicking and mammas got her game face on --#forthethrone #holdontoyourdragonsbabycosthiswillblowyourmind @gameofthrones @hbo @helenstills

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Guess whose back..... back again. (Well almost) @helenstills you got that magic -- on --❤️-- @gameofthrones you ready people?! @hbo #motherofimissthathairalready #season8 #gameofthrones #DADADAAHHHHHHHH #theend

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But after multiple painful surgeries and long periods of recovery that had her in a dark place, she’s come out the other side better than ever. “I survived… In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes,” she writes. “I am now at a hundred percent.”