Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

On three separate occasions since 2011, Myers suffered severe headaches and surprisingly woke up with a different accent each time.

She's gone from an American English accent to speaking with an Irish, Australian and even a British accent, local United States media reports.

According to experts, she's not insane and not faking it.

Doctors said Myers isn't "a loon" and she isn't faking it, she has a condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome, which usually follows a stroke or other condition that causes neurological damage.

"I don't know", Myers tells KNXV.

Myers also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition marked by elastic skin, extreme flexibility in the joints and possible rupturing of blood vessels.

Doctors have diagnosed the woman, who has seven children, with Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS).

That's disturbing enough on its own, but this isn't even the first time Myers has experienced a headache-prompted voice change.

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According to the University of Texas, Foreign Accent Syndrome is "a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign accent and is most often caused by damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury". "I realize it's part of me now", the woman told the British tabloid the Sun. She's now trying to find treatment for the condition. After about a week it seemed to correct itself on its own, but months later another headache brought about an Australian accent.

The condition was first documented in 1907, when French neurologist Pierre Marie surveyed a Parisian man who suffered a stroke and suddenly spoke with an Alsatian accent, though he was not from the Germany-France border region where the language is spoken.

In 2016, Lisa Alamia, a Rosenberg woman started sounding British after waking up from jaw surgery. She's been speaking the foreign accent since then.

The mom said she longs to return to her usual manner of speaking.

Above all, she wants people to take her seriously saying: "Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological". In this instance, Time says, the British accent stuck.

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle.

A USA woman woke up one morning with a British accent and has had it ever since due to a rare medical condition. "We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me", declares Myers.

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