Former Texas beauty queen suffering from 'severe headaches' says she woke up with a British accent
What if you wake up sounding British after falling asleep with a headache? This may sound strange and impossible to you, but it's a real thing and can happen. An Arizona woman, who has never left the US, woke up with a British accent after she went to bed with a severe headache, according to news reports.
According to ABC affiliate KNXV, the woman, Michelle Myers, said that in 2015 she went to bed with a 'blinding headache' and woke up sounding British, and her across-the-pond accent has remained for the last two years.
“Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins” when they listen to her speak, Myers told KNXV.
This is not the first time she has picked up a foreign accent. But Myers said she has woken up speaking in Irish and Australian accents, however, the accents lasted for only a week on both of those occasions.
Myers, a former Texas beauty queen, has reportedly suffered from debilitating headaches for several years.
Experts said the mum of seven is not faking or mentally ill but suffers from a rare medical condition called foreign accent syndrome (FAS).
According to The University of Texas at Dallas, foreign accent syndrome (FAS) is a disorder in which a person experiences a sudden change to their speech so that they sound like they are speaking in a foreign accent.
Although people with FAS have intelligible speech, their manner of speaking may be altered in terms of timing, intonation or tongue placement so they sound foreign, UT Dallas said. For example, they may distort their pronunciation of vowels or substitute vowels (so "yeah" becomes "yah").
The condition is most often caused by damage to the brain caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury. Other causes have also been reported including multiple sclerosis and conversion disorder, and in some cases, no clear cause has been identified.
It's immediately unknown whether Myers has ever had a stroke, but she has been diagnosed with a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which affects connective tissue in the body. The conditions, which causes skin bruising and can result in loose joints, is believed to have led to her speaking disorder.