Ex-beauty queen with rare condition wakes up with British accent

15 February, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Edward Snyder
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"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers, a former Texas beauty queen with seven kids, told KNXV-TV. After blinding headaches she has woken up with different accents three different times in the past seven years. The woman responded to those who called her an attention-seeker by saying that when she first revealed what had happened to her, she was sent straight to a psychiatrist.

But she's not insane and she's not faking it, according to her doctors.

Doctors determined that the mom of seven has a rare condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome, according to news station KNXV.

She told the ABC affiliate in Phoenix that she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a condition that makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation; it can also rupture blood vessels.

Myers said doctors ruled that she had a transient ischemic attack or a mini-stroke. It is possible that this might have led to Myers's unusual change in accents.

According to the University of Texas at Dallas, FAS has been documented in hundreds of cases globally, including accent changes from Japanese to Korean, British English to French, American English to British, and Spanish to Hungarian. She's been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. The extremely rare disorder typically occurs following strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage to the language center of the brain, causing patients to develop an accent that is different from the native language, without having acquired it in the perceived accent's place of origin. One Virginia woman, for instance, suffered a concussion when she fell rattling down the stairs, then awoke speaking in a Russian accent.




She has been to the hospital more times than she can count and the stack of medical records she keeps in the house says she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. I feel like myself, it's just it comes out differently.

In 2016, Lisa Alamia, a Rosenberg woman started sounding British after waking up from jaw surgery.

"I was scared to go to the doctor, though, because I thought he'd say I was just insane, if I started sounding Irish, as I did at that point".

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

Myers' chief concern is that she be taken seriously by those in her life.

"The person I am now has been through so much, compared to the person here". "We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me", declares Myers.

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