Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

Michelle has now come to terms with her new voice

Michelle has now come to terms with her new voice

She was diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome - a rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage, or underlying health issue.

The Arizona woman says she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past, and woken up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent.

Rare as it can be, a woman from Texas suffering debilitating headaches woke up with a British accent. As far as doctors can tell, it's also this syndrome that caused her to take on different accents after she fell asleep with a headache.

While those disappeared after about a week, Myers said that she has been speaking in a British accent for at least two years now.

On an unlucky day in 1941, at the height of World War II, a piece of shrapnel pierced the brain of a Norwegian woman known as Astrid L. The injury occurred during a raid in her German-occupied country, and when she regained consciousness, she spoke with the accent of the enemy.

"They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon", says Myers. After about a week it seemed to correct itself on its own, but months later another headache brought about an Australian accent.

In Myers's case, the symptom was a severe headache.

Myers spends time with her seven kids wondering when the sound of her voice will ever change. TIA happens when the blood flow to a part of the brain is blocked or reduced.

According to The University of Texas, FAS is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a "foreign" accent. In most cases, the precursor is either a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, when the brain regions linked with speech are harmed.

Myers's situation is especially peculiar since her accent doesn't sound like a speech disruption-on the contrary, it comes across as quite refined. Myers also suffers from a condition that causes bruising and painful joints.

"Who would do this for attention?"

"I feel like a different person", Myers said. "The person that I am now have been through a lot".

But she's not insane and she's not faking it, according to her doctors.

"She complained bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, where consequently the assistants would sell her nothing", neurologist Georg Herman Monrad-Krohn wrote in the first detailed case report on Foreign Accent Syndrome.

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