Australian woman wakes up speaking in Irish accent after having tonsil surgery
A woman was left baffled when she woke up speaking in an Irish accent after she had her tonsils removed.
Angie Yen, from Brisbane, Australia, realised a sudden accent change a day after she had a simple surgery on April 28.
The 27-year-old said she was stunned when she found out she was talking in a “funny accent” and singing in a different accent.
One of her friends told her she might have developed a rare neurological condition known as the “foreign accent syndrome” (FAS).
So she took to TikTok and asked for help. In a video filmed inside her car, she says: “I woke up this morning, I didn’t do anything different.
“I just had my breakfast. I took a shower and I usually sing when I’m showering, listening to songs. And all of a sudden, I was talking in an Irish accent?
“I thought that was just something I was hearing like ‘this can’t be real’. And now, I can’t shake it. I just did a job interview in an Irish accent and I’ve never been to Ireland.”
She is freaked out by the new accent and says she is now on her way to the hospital to find out what happened to her voice.
Since then, Angie reached out to experts including neurologists and even booked appointments for MRI scans and blood tests in an attempt to get her “old self” back.
Despite struggling to accept her new accent, the woman said she is thankful for the support of her loved ones.
“I’m very lucky to have very supportive friends and family so whether there’s anything wrong in my head I don’t know, if they find something hopefully there is a cure or treatment for it,” she told news.com.au.
Some viewers accused Angie of faking the accent and joking with the Irish accent on TikTok.
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But others believed she was suffering from FAS as some shared their own experiences.
One said: “I had my tonsils out and I had a French accent for a week once I was able to speak again. I tried to work on doing my own accent.”
“This is very real and very scary for the person going through it,” another added. “It’s not an accent, it’s a speech problem that mimics an accent.”