An Arizona woman has been speaking with a British accent for two years, and she's never left the U.S.
Michelle Myers, who has foreign accent syndrome, went to sleep with a headache and woke up sounding like Mary Poppins, she told Arizona's ABC15.
The mom (or “mummy,” as one of her daughters now calls her) and former Texas beauty queen has had three accent changes in the past, she told ABC15. They all started with an extreme headache and ended in a bizarre change in speech — first Irish, then Australian and now British, the station reports.
Doctors don't know what triggered the rare change, which can occur after a head injury or stroke, The Sun reports.
“I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines — meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness," she told the U.K. outlet. "But doctors aren’t sure how exactly the migraines relate to foreign accent syndrome.”
Myers can't pronounce her children's names the same, has been mistaken for a nanny and asked if she has a green card, The Sun reports.
"I was really struggling. I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever," she told The Sun.
In December 2015, a Texas woman woke up from surgery speaking British English, too.
Fewer than 100 people have been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome in the past 100 years, according a Mayo Clinic Health Systems' neurologist.
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