Monday, 26 February, 2018

Arizona woman wakes up with British accent

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Johnnie Parks | 14 February, 2018, 19:38

Experts have diagnosed her with Foreign Accent Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or another underlying medical issue.

An American woman who has apparently never left the United States went to bed one night and woke up with a British accent.

But two years ago she went down with a crippling headache and woke up with a Cockney accent she's had ever since.

Making all these changes consistently - every time they utter a certain vowel, letter, or consonant - is what distinguishes people with the syndrome from someone attempting an accent.

At various points, Australian and Irish accents have inexplicably flowed from her mouth for about two weeks, then disappeared, Myers says. "They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon".

Her latest bout with FAS in 2015 allowed her to speak British accent.

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

Over the past seven years, Myers has spoken in various accents. In most cases, the precursor is either a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, when the brain regions linked with speech are harmed.

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It turns out Meyers suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a disease that Ehlers-Danlos Support UK defines as "a group of thirteen individual genetic conditions, all of which affect the body's connective tissue".

"Who would do this for attention? We just want to be taken seriously", she said.

"I feel like a different person", Myers said.

It was proven that Myers is not insane nor is she faking her changing accents.

She's not insane, she just suffers from a rare condition.

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. "There's been about a 100 cases reported in the last 100 years and it's something that's pretty unique and rare".

In 2010, Robin Jenks Vanderlip from Fairfax, Virginia, started speaking with a Russian accent after falling down the stairwell and hitting her head. Her British accent shows no signs of going away, and she hadn't been able to break through it on her own.

She said it's hard to watch old videos of herself speaking normally.

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