Two years ago, a Texas woman went to sleep with a debilitating headache only to awake the next morning speaking with a British accent. The woman, who was diagnosed with an extremely rare neurological condition, declared that this wasn’t the first time she woke up speaking with a different Accent.
Woman with British Accent Diagnosed with Foreign Accent Disorder
Michelle Myers, a Buckeye, Texas resident, and mother of seven has recently built up the courage to talk about her conditions. As Mrs. Myers recalls, two years ago, she went to sleep with a rather severe headache.
When she woke up, much to her surprise, the woman discovered that she could no longer speak ‘normally’ but using a British accent instead. A short trip to the doctor revealed that the woman had an extremely rare neurological condition called Foreign Accent Disorder, whereupon patients who have suffered a stroke, trauma or with underlying medical issues start uttering using a different accent.
In some cases, patients can even start speaking other languages altogether, such as the Croatian girl who, in 2013, woke up from a coma speaking fluent German.
As for Mrs. Myers, the woman declared that her condition is indeed challenging to live with, but she still maintains her optimism. In her spare time, the Buckeye resident likes to paint, write and, of course, spend time with her wonderful children.
During a press interview, Mrs. Myers revealed that this wasn’t the first time she clashed with the condition, waking up at least a couple of times in the past speaking in an Irish and Australian accent.
According to a Mayo Clinic physician, in Myers’ case, the condition might have been triggered by the woman’s life-long illness. Throughout her child, the Buckeye woman with the English accent struggled with Ehlers – Danlos syndrome, a condition that causes painful joins, easy bruising, and possible rupturing of the blood vessels.
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