Arizona Woman Wakes Up With Foreign Accent

Michelle

Michelle

Michelle Myers, a former Texas beauty queen who's never left the US, sounds like she's from jolly old England.

Surprisingly, this isn't the first time that Michelle Myers fell asleep with a headache and woke up with a different accent.

The British one, however, has lingered for about two years at this point and she has now come to terms with the possibility of speaking like Mary Poppins indefinitely.

"They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon", Myers said.

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

The situation may seem nearly laughable, but as ABC affiliate KNXV reports, Myers suffers from a rare medical condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) in which patients develop a foreign accent without needing to ever spend time overseas.

"I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines - meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness", she told the United Kingdom outlet.

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The former beauty queen has the love and support of her seven children even if there are people who are questioning the truthfulness of her claims. It is possible that this might have led to Myers's unusual change in accents.

According to the University of Texas, Foreign Accent Syndrome is "a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign accent and is most often caused by damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury". She's been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome.

Foreign Accent Syndrome was first documented in 1907 by Pierre Marie, a French neurologist.

"I was Miss Black Austin Texas when I was younger, but I feel like I'm not that person anymore", she added. Though it's unclear exactly why she developed the speech disorder, her doctors think it's a side effect of a hemiplegic migraine, which produces symptoms that are similar to a stroke, The Post reports. "There's been about a 100 cases reported in the last 100 years and it's something that's pretty unique and rare".

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

In Myers' case, she woke up sounding like she spoke British English, as opposed to the American English she has spoken all her life.

"I believe everything happens for a reason, so, maybe this happened because it helps me to break the ice with people", she said.

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