Mother suffering from rare disease wakes up with British accent

Larry Hoffman
February 15, 2018

Michelle Myers, the woman in question, has never left the United States, but somehow she can uncannily speak in a posh British accent and lingo.

Myers said the accent lasted about a week, but about three years later the same thing happened again and she woke with an Australian accent, which also lasted about a week. But a British accent has lingered for two years now. "They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon", Myers told ABC News.

It was proven that Myers is not insane nor is she faking her changing accents.

The woman, who now lives in Arizona, reportedly suffers from a very rare condition called the Foreign Accent Syndrome.

"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers told ABC affiliate KNXV.

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

Myers said doctors ruled that she had a transient ischemic attack or a mini-stroke.

But, supported by family and friends, Michelle has now come to terms with sounding English and realises it is just her voice and not her personality, or achievements, that has changed. And though rare, cases of the speech disorder have since been documented around the world, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Health professionals told Meyers that patients with Foreign Accent Syndrome often have underlying health issues, such as neurological damage or strokes. A headache left her speaking gibberish for a couple of days before her accent shifted. It's not clear if this has any connection with her accent change.

When someone suffers from EDS, their joints can bruise easily or even dislocate, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.

Making all these changes consistently - every time they utter a certain vowel, letter, or consonant - is what distinguishes people with the syndrome from someone attempting an accent.

"I'm sad", she said, watching an old video of her speaking normally.

It's unclear precisely what triggered Myers' symptoms - or if she actually has FAS or something else entirely. She felt like a different person and it took her some time to define her identity.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers was quoted as saying in the report. Meyers said, adding that more people should take the condition seriously. "People like me - we don't care which one it is", she explained.

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