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Woman wakes up with foreign accent after surgery to remove tonsils

A 27-year-old woman has made headlines after waking up with a different accent after a tonsils removal surgery.

The woman Angie Yen, woke up with an Irish accent despite the fact that she has never been to Ireland and doesn’t have relatives from the country.

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“When I started singing I was singing in a different sound and also talking words in a funny accent,” she said.

She immediately called one of her friends who was in equal disbelief at her sudden accent change.

“He was the one who actually told me and sent me links later about foreign accent syndrome (FAS), he had watched some videos on YouTube years ago,” she added.

Yen went to hospital, but because she was showing no other signs of illness she was discharged and told to go home and rest.

“They couldn’t do anything, I was normal. I just sounded different and (they said), ‘you’re still healing from your surgery so maybe your vocal cords are damaged’,” she said.

She noted that she still struggles to accept her new accent but 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,” said Yen.

According to News24, the woman might have foreign accent syndrome, a rare speech disorder that can sometimes be corrected with speech therapy.

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