American woman with headaches wakes up with British accent

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 13, 2018, 12:42 pm IST
Updated Feb 13, 2018, 1:32 pm IST
Former beauty queen Michelle Myers, from Buckeye, Arizona now speaks with a London accent - despite having never left the United States.
The mum of seven suffers from a rare medical condition diagnosed as Foreign Accent Syndrome - a condition usually associated with neurological damage. (Photo: Pixabay)
 The mum of seven suffers from a rare medical condition diagnosed as Foreign Accent Syndrome - a condition usually associated with neurological damage. (Photo: Pixabay)

In a case that is shocking medical practitioners and scientists, an American woman who suffered from severe migraines fell asleep and woke up with a British accent.

What is more bizarre is that she still suffers from the condition two years on.

 

Former beauty queen Michelle Myers, from Buckeye, Arizona now speaks with a London accent - despite having never left the United States.

The mum of seven suffers from a rare medical condition diagnosed as Foreign Accent Syndrome - a condition usually associated with neurological damage.

According to researchers at 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.

And this isn’t the first time Myers has picked up a new accent. There have been three separate instances where she has gone to sleep with a crippling headache only to find herself speaking with a new accent.

The first time it happened, Myers ended up Irish. And the next, the mum woke up to find herself speaking with an Australian accent. However, this is the first time an accent has lasted more than a week.

And although Myer’s diagnosis sounds unbelievable, numerous hospital visits and specialists have come to the conclusion that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome - which they believe has led to her accented speech.

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