British woman starts speaking in a Chinese accent after a severe attack of migraine

April 21st, 2010 - 1:15 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

London, Apr 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) British woman is suffering from a unique problem – after a severe attack of migraine, she started speaking in a Chinese accent. The medical experts believe that Sarah Colwill is suffering from the Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS). People who suffer from FAS, face the problem in which their normal accent is replaced by the accent of some other foreign language, even though they might have never visited that particular country in the first place.

So now 35-year-old Sarah Colwill who stays in Plymouth, is having speech therapy in order to cure FAS. Medical experts also say that the migraine attack was very severe, and it has reportedly caused some brain damage as well.

Sarah said that, “I moved to Plymouth when I was 18 months old so I have always spoken like a local. But following one attack, an ambulance crew arrived and they said I definitely sounded Chinese. I spoke to my stepdaughter on the phone from hospital and she didn’t recognize who I was. She said I sounded Chinese. Since then, I have had my friends hanging up on me because they think I’m a hoax caller.”

She also added that initially she thought that the Chinese accent was funny, but now she no longer thinks so. Her own voice has started to disturb her now.

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