Sharon Stone clearly remembers her near-fatal stroke — and the doctors who dismissed it.

In a British Vogue interview published Friday, the “Basic Instinct” star recalled the 2001 hemorrhage that left her with a nine-day brain bleed and 1% chance of survival. But Stone said that she was initially misdiagnosed by doctors and nearly sent home untreated.

“They missed it with the first angiogram and decided that I was faking it,” Stone told the outlet.

The Emmy winner had initially experienced a piercing head pain before “waking up on a gurney” at a Los Angeles hospital, she said. Believing the false-negative angiogram, a doctor decided without her knowledge to perform “exploratory brain surgery” — until she pushed back.

“What I learned through that experience is that in a medical setting, women often just aren’t heard,” she said.

Research suggests that medical professionals sometimes see women as overly dramatic in descriptions of their symptoms. This apparent gender bias can have deadly consequences.

A friend eventually helped convince doctors to give Stone a second angiogram. She was ultimately diagnosed with a ruptured artery, which can be the result of a physical trauma or other factors.

Stone was then treated by esteemed neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lawton, but endured a harrowing recovery — in addition to a rapidly vanishing acting career.


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