BUCKEYE, Ariz. – A woman in Arizona has fallen asleep and woken up with a foreign accent – three times in her life.
Michelle Myers, a former Texas beauty queen, has never left the United States, but her accent has changed three times.
Myers has gone to sleep with blinding headaches and then woke up with different accents – Irish, Australian, and British.
The British accent has stayed with her for the past two years.
Myers said, “They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon."
But she’s not crazy and she’s not faking it, according to her doctors. She was diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome -- a rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage, or underlying health issue.
"When I was little girl I used to always go to my mom and say my bones hurt," Myers said.
Myers also has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that causes bruising and painful joints – and it turned her accent British.
Myers has seven children. She now wonders whether her voice will ever change again.
According to the University of Texas at Dallas, cases of foreign accent syndrome have been documented around the world and have happened to people who speak a number of languages, KNXV reported.