Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Arizona woman wakes up with British accent

Arizona woman wakes up with British accent

Doctors determined that the mom of seven has a rare condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome, according to news station KNXV.

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

The 45-year old has never been to London, but after falling asleep with a headache, she awoke with what sounded like a British accent, according to ABC news affiliate KNXV.

The first time, she had an Irish accent and the second time an Australian accent. She misses the way she used to pronounce her children's names, for instance. When she woke up, she was British - but not in terms of her nationality or even her location. Talking with foreign accents have had notable effects on her well-being, as a crucial part of her identity goes through a frequent flux.

In Myers's case, the symptom was a severe headache. "It's actually quite unsafe", Myers said. Fewer than 100 people, including Myers, have ever been diagnosed.

FAS is most often caused by damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

FAS is extremely rare and usually appears as a effect of a stroke, brain damage, and in Meyers' case, underlying medical issues.

While having an accent change may not seem like a big deal, Myers is saddened by the way her condition has affected her life.

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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?" Alamia says, "I don't feel like a different person at all. I try to tell people, I'm still me".

She's not insane, she just suffers from a rare condition. Cases have spanned the world, from a Louisiana woman who suddenly spoke with a Cajun accent after a brain injury to a Japanese stroke patient who sounded Korean.

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

In 2010, Robin Jenks Vanderlip from Fairfax, Virginia, started speaking with a Russian accent after falling down the stairwell and hitting her head.

Imagine going to sleep and waking up sounding British.

"I'm sad", she said of recalling how she used to speak.

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