Migraine leaves Kent woman with South African accent!

Published Tuesday, May 27 2014, 17:20 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A woman has developed a permanent South African accent - after suffering from a migraine!

Julie Matthias, 49, was worried that she had a brain haemorrhage when she first started experiencing the painful headache.

So when it returned a week later, the salon boss was rushed to hospital. By the time they got there, her accent was remarkably different to the one she was born with!

She told The Sun: "The doctors thought I sounded Polish and asked if I worked with anyone from Poland, but all the girls I worked with were from Kent."

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A speech therapist diagnosed her with Foreign Accent Syndrome – something that only 62 recorded sufferers have worldwide.

It's believed the cause is permanent neurological damage that is brought on by severe migraines.

The mum-of-two, who lives with hubby Graham, 52, in Kent, explained how she initially sounded like "a cross between French and Chinese" but added: "Now most people say I sound like I'm South African."

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