American woman with headaches wakes up with British accent

02/14/2018 16:51 |

American woman with headaches wakes up with British accent

The Arizona woman who has spent her entire life in the USA woke up with a British accent.

She said that she has been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome, an extremely rare condition in which patients suddenly perceive themselves to speak with a foreign accent.

FAS is extremely rare and usually appears as a effect of a stroke, brain damage, and in Meyers' case, underlying medical issues. "They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon", Myers told ABC News.

Myers also suffers from a condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which could be linked with her transient accents, according to Daily News.

Myers has seven children. After about a week it seemed to correct itself on its own, but months later another headache brought about an Australian accent.

Shelia Blumstein, a Brown University linguist who has written extensively on FAS, said sufferers typically produce grammatically correct language, unlike many stroke or brain-injury victims, she told The Washington Post for a 2010 story about a Virginia woman who fell down a stairwell, rattled her brain and awoke speaking with a Russian-like accent. Symptoms of this condition range from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications.

"Who would do this for attention?"

KNXV reports that Michelle Myers isn't making it up, and something similar actually happened to her twice before.

Her life has been a series of trips in and out of the hospital, and she has a well-documented condition of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. "I'm sad [.], I feel like a different person".

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

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. "The person that I am now have been through a lot".

Michelle Myers' story follows a case in 2016 when a Californian woman developed a Scottish accent through foreign accent syndrome.

Speech changes such as consonant substitution, voicing errors, vowel distortions, and prolongations are associated with FAS.

In 2016, Lisa Alamia, a Rosenberg woman started sounding British after waking up from jaw surgery.

She says it is difficult to listen back to how she used to be is hard adding that she really misses the way she used to say her kids' names.

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