Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

Diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome in April 2016, apart from thinking there has to be a connection with her headaches, Michelle has no idea why this has happened. But in 2015, she went to bed with a raging headache and woke up with a British accent that will not go away.

After a night in Mercy Medical Center, Redding, California, Michelle woke up and found that most of her cognitive function had returned - but she was speaking with an English accent. Her condition is called Foreign Accent Syndrome.

Myers, a former Texas beauty queen, has never left the United States, making these accent changes after she fell asleep with a headache especially perplexing.

FAS is known to cause a person to speak with foreign intonation while still speaking their native language.

"But I started crying and they realised something was really wrong".

At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says. "I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever", she told The Sun. This alters the way the person speaks (the rhythm and tone, for example), causing their speech to sound like a foreign accent.

Myers has seven children. After that incident, Myers was diagnosed with FAS.

The injury caused her brain to truncate pronunciations for "this" and "that", resulting in foreign-sounding "dis" and "dat". It usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

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

According to the NHS, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a rare condition that affects connective tissue and results in skin that bruises easily and loose unstable joints.

"Who would do this for attention?"

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", said Myers. She felt like a different person and it took her some time to define her identity.

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

"I was scared to go to the doctor, though, because I thought he'd say I was just insane, if I started sounding Irish, as I did at that point".

This rare condition was first recorded by French neurologist Pierre Marie in 1907 after a man in Paris spoke a local German dialect after suffering a stroke. "There's been about a 100 cases reported in the last 100 years and it's something that's pretty unique and rare". It seems that this has led to her talking in three different accents until now.

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