Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

Woman with rare disease wakes up with British accent

"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers, a former Texas beauty queen with seven kids, told KNXV-TV. In the past, a headache once caused her to speak with an Australian accent and another time an Irish accent, but both disappeared after about two weeks, Chicago Tribune reported. The British accent is the latest in her freakish string of voice changes after she fell asleep with a headache, and she's understandably frustrated.

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

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.

"When I was little girl I used to always go to my mom and say my bones hurt", Myers said. The condition makes skin elastic and joints flexible to the point of dislocation, leading to the rupture of blood vessels, which is why Myers constantly has bruises on her legs.

Looking back at how she used to be is hard, Myers says.

Myers has another condition that could also be linked to her changing accents.

According to the University of Texas at Dallas, FAS is a type of speech disorder that can cause a sudden change to a person's speech so that the native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign intonation or accent. "I realize it's part of me now", the woman told the British tabloid the Sun.

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Her life has been a series of trips in and out of the hospital, and she has a well-documented condition of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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. In most cases, it accompanies neurological damage, a stroke, or any other unknown health issues that the patient might have. She's been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome.

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

"It was in May 2015 and I will never forget it", she said.

"For most people with the condition, it's caused by a brain injury or a stroke, but all my MRI scans came back clear", she said. "I'm sad [.], I feel like a different person".

Awareness is slowly rising regarding Foreign Accent syndrome, but Myers continues to struggle. "We just want to be taken seriously", she said.

"The person I am now has been through so much, compared to the person here".

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