Can you imagine waking up one morning with a completely different voice? No, it doesn’t only happen in movies, folks.
That was actually the reality of a 33-year-old mother of three from Texas, when she suddenly developed a British accent. However, the only exception is that her voice only changed after surgery.
Six months ago, Lisa Alamia opted to get surgery to rectify an overbite and when she woke up, she sounded as though she could be a relative of Queen Elizabeth.
Only after a visit with her neurologist – Dr. Toby Yaltho, she was diagnosed with a rare disorder known as “Foreign Accent Syndrome”.
According to UT Dallas, “Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign accent”.
Researchers have determined that the leading causes of FAS are stroke or brain injury.
Lisa is 1 out of 100 rare cases in the world that have been related to FAS.
Furthermore, she’s not the first and only case recorded for the year so far for FAS. In February, 50-year-old Linda Pereira developed FAS after describing what felt as a brain “eruption” while catching up with a friend on Facebook.
In 2013, Deborah Ballard of East Sussex woke up with a Welsh accent after suffering a mini stroke. She said:
“It’s the strangest thing. I’ve never even been to Wales, or Scotland or Liverpool, yet people keep telling me I sound just like them”.
Like most of the other individuals with FAS, Lisa has expressed her immense displeasure with her sudden change in voice. Only after 6 months of her diagnosis, is she now coming out to the world about her strange disorder. She told the Inside Edition:
“It’s not fake. It is an actual syndrome and because it is so rare and so unheard of, people think it’s easier to say she is faking it”.
Even though Lisa has made it clear of her disapproval with her new voice, she has accepted it for the time being. She is currently undergoing speech therapy in order to revert back to her Texas girl drawl.
“I’m trying to pick up an American accent, so if somebody says – ‘you don’t sound British to me’, to me it’s a compliment. Thank you because it shows me what I’m doing is working” she said.
Watch Lisa’s Interview with the Inside Edition below here.