Valley woman suffering from rare disease, wakes with British accent

KNXV | 2/9/2018 | Jason Volentine
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BUCKEYE, AZ - Imagine going to sleep and waking up sounding British. It's a real thing, and it happened to a Valley woman who has never even left the country.

"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins," said Michelle Myers, a mom of seven who lives in Buckeye.

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Myers is a former Texas beauty queen who has never even left the United States.

Three times in the past seven years, Myers has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent.

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The first time it was Irish. The second time was Australian. Both incidents lasted about a week. But two years ago she went down with a crippling headache and woke up with the British accent she's had ever since.

"They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon," said Myers.

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According to experts, she's not crazy and not faking it. She's been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. It's an extremely rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or other underlying medical issues.

"When I was a little girl I used to always go to my mom and say, 'my bones hurt," said Myers....
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