For a young woman in Arizona, this suddenly became a reality. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Even though she had never been out of the United States she woke up speaking with a British accent.
In 2015, Michelle Myers went to bed early with an extreme headache, just thinking she had a pretty bad migraine. Yet that was very far from the case because the next morning she woke up sounding like a British TV series. And for the last two years, her British accent has stayed with her. Michelle has noted it is rather difficult and causes problems in her daily life, as fellow Americans think she is just copying Mary Poppins’ voice.
And this is not actually a unique phenomenon for her, on an earlier occasion in her life she woke up sounding Irish and even Australian! However, these accents only lasted for a week at most. Imagine tomorrow you woke up with an Indian accent, probably your family would just shout at you to stop doing an April’s fools.
So is she just faking it? Is it a funny joke to gain some news coverage? Not at all. Myers has been medically diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome or FAS for short. This disorder sees the patient encounter an abrupt change in their dialect, so much so that it seems they take on a foreign accent.
In most cases, the condition comes as a followup to a traumatic brain injury or a stroke. This Causes patients voice to be altered in terms of intonation, tongue placement or timing – all things that can make you sound foreign to your native country. It does, however, remain a very rare syndrome, with only around 60 cases ever reported.
If Michelle suffered a stroke or a bump that she was not aware of, doctors are not really sure. She does suffer from another condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. This is a condition which causes the body to bruise and blood cells to rupture very easily. The theory is these conditions must somehow be connected. Whatever the case is, It is definitely a fascinating situation that will hopefully help researchers uncover more about this rare syndrome.