Arizona woman suffering from rare disease, wakes with British accent

Arizona woman suffering from rare disease, wakes with British accent

A former Texas beauty queen claims she woke up with a British accent despite never having traveled across the pond.

Michelle Myers said she has been diagnosed with the foreign accent syndrome (FAS) - a lesser known speech disorder in which the patient loses his ability to talk in the native accent following a brain injury. It usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

"They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon", Meyers told KNXV.

It turns out Meyers suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a disease that Ehlers-Danlos Support UK defines as "a group of thirteen individual genetic conditions, all of which affect the body's connective tissue". "It's actually quite risky", Myers said.

She added that at various points, Australian and Irish accents have flowed from her mouth for about two weeks and then disappeared.

In Myers's case, doctors noted her case was likely caused by a side effect of a hemiplegic migraine, which produces symptoms that are similar to a stroke, reported Fox News. After the last incident, the mother of seven has been left sounding like a regular Brit for two years.

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According to The Sun, Myers can't pronounce her children's names the same, has been mistaken for a nanny and asked if she has a green card. "Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", she said.

It's not the first time that her accent changed overnight.

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

Odd as it may be, Myers said she has come to terms with her speaking voice.

She's loves spending time with her seven kids, listening to them sing and play instruments. Affected people may also cut out articles such as "the" and drop letters, turning an American "yeah" into a Scandinavian "yah", for instance. She said she stays positive, but she wants people to take her seriously. "People like me-we don't care which one it is". "When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt", she said.

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