United States woman wakes up with British accent


Once doctors ruled out the possibility that Myers was faking or mentally ill, she was diagnosed with the extremely rare condition Foreign Accent Syndrome.

Getting a headache and going to bed to sleep it off is nothing out of the ordinary, but for an Arizona woman it took a freaky turn when she woke up with a foreign accent.

Each time the effects only lasted around two weeks before disappearing, but her British accent has now stuck around for two years, The Post reports. "People like me - we don't care which one it is", she explained. "I don't know. I just feel that people don't really understand how it feels to have your voice changed", Myers said in an interview.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological".

The injury caused her brain to truncate pronunciations for "this" and "that", resulting in foreign-sounding "dis" and "dat". "I realise it's part of me now".

Rare as it can be, a woman from Texas suffering debilitating headaches woke up with a British accent.

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As for Myers, she thinks that her Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome diagnosis triggered this unusual condition. It usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

FAS cases had been documented around the world, with patients speaking changing accents from Japanese to Korean, British English to French, American English to British English, and Spanish to Hungarian. Norwegian neurologist G.H. Monrad-Krohn, in bedrock research for the condition, studied a woman struck in the head by shrapnel during a bombing raid in 1941. This alters the way the person speaks (the rhythm and tone, for example), causing their speech to sound like a foreign accent.

"She complains bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, which consequently have nothing to sell her", Monrad-Krohn wrote in 1947 for the neurology academic journal titled, simply, Brain.

She told ABC Arizona: "They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon".

"I would give anything to be normal. I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever", she told The Sun. "Rare diseases are very emotional. I want to help someone so they don't have to live in hiding".