A Redditor who goes by elle_ellaria started the push for fans of the show to donate to SameYou, a charity Clarke helped to develop that focuses on recovery from brain injuries and strokes. Clarke revealed earlier this year that she suffered two “life-threatening” aneurysms during the filming of the show.
The fans have donated $44,000 in just five days and Clarke posted a video on Thursday thanking them for their support.
“I’m so incredibly moved and blown away and grateful and thank you and thank you and thank you,” she said in the video.
She captioned the video as well, saying, “I couldn’t think of a more beautiful way to wave goodbye to the mother of dragons than with this step towards making brain injury sufferers feel less alone. YOU ARE MY HEROS. I am the one who should be bending the knee to you.”
In an essay published in the New Yorker back in March, Emilia Clarke revealed she suffered the first aneurysm happened in 2011 during a workout, right after she wrapped up filming season one of “Game of Thrones.”
Two years later, Clarke went in for an annual brain scan and the doctor informed her they had to “take care” of a second aneurysm. They performed the same procedure as they did for the first one, but it didn’t take. Doctors were forced to perform another procedure which went directly through her skull.
Clarke described that recovery as “even more painful than it had been after the first surgery,” adding, “I looked as though I had been through a war more gruesome than any that Daenerys experienced.”
The actress says she stayed in the hospital for a month and suffered “panic attacks” because she was “convinced that I wasn’t going to live.”