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Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke calls for extra stroke training for nurses

© Greg Allen/PA WireGame Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke
Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke

Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who suffered a devastating stroke eight years ago, said more nurses must be given specialist training to support survivors.

Clarke, who is an ambassador for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), experienced a potentially fatal brain haemorrhage in 2011.

The actor, who played Daenerys Targaryen in the fantasy TV series, launched SameYou, a charity aimed at supporting young people with brain injuries and helping them access resources to aid recovery.

Now, she is backing the RCN’s nurse training programme.

Clarke, 32, said: “Stroke is something you never expect to happen, especially not in your 20s and 30s, but it is remarkable how often it is happening to young people.

“When you’re a young person experiencing it, the mental health aspects go unnoticed and that’s what I experienced.

“You need to be treated as a fully-rounded person and not just a list of symptoms.

“I was cared for by two specialist nurses, but I saw where the gaps were and where I had to help myself.

“I want to give young people who’ve had a stroke the opportunity to have those nurses too – to be cared for as a unique special human who can be brought back to health.”