Foreign Accent Syndrome: Actually a thing, and this woman has it

Foreign Accent Syndrome: Actually a thing, and this woman has it
(Image: Screen grab of ABC 15 video)

[Ed. – I seem to recall a woman, 10-12 years ago, who came to after entering a brief coma and was speaking Swedish — although she had never spoken it in her life, had no Swedish heritage, etc.]

Three times in the past seven years, Myers has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent.

The first time it was Irish. The second time was Australian. Both incidents lasted about a week. But two years ago she went down with a crippling headache and woke up with the British accent she’s had ever since.

“They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you’re not a loon,” said Myers.

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According to experts, she’s not crazy and not faking it. She’s been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. It’s an extremely rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

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