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Gran with migraine wakes up with French accent

September 15, 2010 | Comment icon 7 comments

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A 49-year-old grandmother went to bed suffering from a migraine and woke up to find that she had a French accent.
In this latest case of what is known as "Foreign Accent Syndrome" Kay Russell ended up losing her job as a sales executive due to the condition that can occur when the parts of the brain responsible for speech and word formation become damaged.
After one bad migraine, she was left with slurred speech for two weeks and made an appointment to have an MRI scan and see a neurologist. Then one day she simply woke up with a French accent.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by cluey 12 years ago
she's one of the lucky ones....most wake and don't remember anything......
Comment icon #2 Posted by Slorri 12 years ago
That was not such a noticeable accent. Even I think that she sounded a bit better and softer afterwards. Maybe yet another migraine could do the trick.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Rhincewind 12 years ago
Great. as if migraines aren't bad enough, I could wake up with a french accent!?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
Sacre bleu!
Comment icon #5 Posted by farandaway 12 years ago
I had never heard of this syndrome before today, but have heard strokes can do a lot of strange things to a person. To be honest I found her easier to understand with the new accent, she sounded American with slight French undertones, to me, not British at all.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dasmian 12 years ago
Having a French accent isn't so bad, really. Most people understand me perfectly.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Robin_Shadowes 12 years ago
Sounding like Closeau ain't so bad in my book.

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