Lisa Alamia, a mom-of-three from Rosenberg, Texas was diagnosed with the very rare foreign accent syndrome. Lisa had undergone jaw surgery for six months to correct her overbite but it ended up changing her speech.
Her eldest daughter Kayla Alamia was surprised by her mom’s condition and thought that it was just a joke. Her neurologist, Dr Toby Yalto at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is still unable to say why she now speaks with a British accent.
Though they put her through a series of tests but have not been unable to determine what really has caused her to develop that kind of condition. However, doctors believe it may be linked to a mini stroke or minor brain damage.
Foreign accent syndrome or FAS is a rare neurological disorder that scientists estimate has impacted fewer than 100 people in 100 years. According to the research from the University of Texas (UT) at Dallas, FAS usually results from stroke or a traumatic injury that damages the brain.
FAS may manifested by dissimilarities in intonation, timing, and even tongue placement, but speech remains comprehensible, yet still, no clear cause has been identified for such disorder.
In 1941 was the first recorded case of FAS (foreign accent syndrome) when a Norwegian woman suffered a shrapnel injury to the head during an air raid, then after which she was left with a strong German accent.