Emilia Clarke Says She's Lucky To Be "Able To Speak" After Suffering Two Brain Aneurysms That Took Away "Quite A Bit" Of Her Brain

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You know Emilia Clarke from plenty of things, including Game of Thrones.

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Helen Sloan / HBO

Back in 2019, Emilia revealed that she suffered two brain aneurysms in 2011 and 2013 and had to get surgery to save her life.

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David M. Benett / Getty Images

During a recent appearance on BBC's Sunday Morning, Emilia went into detail about surviving the procedures and what happened to her brain as a result.

Emilia said she experienced "excruciating pain" and that starring in Game of Thrones helped "sweep me up and give me that purpose."

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David M. Benett / Getty Images for Alexander McQueen

“The amount of my brain that is no longer usable — it’s remarkable that I am able to speak, sometimes articulately, and live my life completely normally with absolutely no repercussions," she said.

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David M. Benett / Getty Images for Jaguar UK

"I am in the really, really, really small minority of people that can survive that.”

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Karwai Tang / WireImage / Getty Images

Emilia also talked about seeing her brain scans after the aneurysms and realizing that "quite a bit" of her brain function had disappeared afterward.

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David M. Benett / Getty Images

"Strokes, basically, as soon as any part of your brain doesn’t get blood for a second, it’s gone," she said, after saying that thinking about her lower brain function "makes me laugh."

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Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images / WireImage

"So the blood finds a different route to get around, but then whatever bit is missing is therefore gone.”

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Leon Bennett / WireImage / Getty Images

Scary stuff, but it's good that Emilia feels comfortable opening up about her experience. You can watch the whole interview here.