SHAFAKNA TURKEY “When a Texas woman woke up after surgery to remove a herniated disc, she was stunned to see that her Southern accent had changed to Russian.
According to a news report in the Daily Mail, Abby Fender, 39, has struggled with personality issues since the onset of the symptom and said she now has to lie about where she comes from to avoid awkward conversations.
FOREIGN ACCENT SYNDROME ESTABLISHED
Initially confused, doctors eventually diagnosed Fender with a rare condition known as foreign accent syndrome.
A traumatic brain injury causes some type of brain damage, usually speech impairment, due to a stroke, an aneurysm, or a central nervous system condition called multiple sclerosis. In some cases, the root cause cannot be identified.
News reports noted that after Fender underwent speech therapy to get rid of his “Russian Minnie Mouse” voice, he faced another problem, this time with the development of an Australian accent.
“I VOICED LIKE A CARTOON CHARACTER”
Fender, a professional singer, spoke of his condition: “I woke up after my surgery and immediately knew something was wrong with my voice because I couldn’t speak loudly. Soon I began to feel that my voice was getting very high, and we called it “the voice of the Russian Minnie Mouse”, my voice constantly sounded like a cartoon character.
Foreign accent syndrome has baffled neurologists and speech professionals since it was first described in the early 20th century. People often develop an accent over time, which is a subconscious process resulting from sound patterns in their native language. Since 1907, only about 100 cases have been diagnosed.
More common in women
Most of the nearly 100 reported cases have been noted to be caused by damage to the brain’s language center, called Broca’s area, and this area, located in the frontal lobe, is critical to a person’s ability to express thoughts and use words. correct in speech and writing.
This condition is more common in women than in men. Patients usually suffer from this syndrome due to a stroke; It can also develop as a result of developmental or psychological disorders, trauma, or tumors.
This can lead to changes in word pronunciation, syntax, and vocabulary, as well as changes in vowel length and stress. These people may have problems with sounds such as “t” or “d” that require the tongue to be struck behind their upper front teeth and find it difficult to pronounce certain words.
No cases of brain damage were reported in Fender’s case; Later, the Russian accent changed to Australian.
ASKED WHERE HE IS AT LEAST 10 TIMES A DAY
Explaining the huge impact of this situation on her daily life, Fender said she was often asked about her strange and inexplicable accent.
“I don’t want to lie about where I’m from, but sometimes I do because it’s easier,” Fender said. “Every time I do this, I feel like I’m giving up who I really am, and it’s not a good feeling, but I get asked where I’m from at least 10 times a day.”
A speech therapist helped Fender regain his singing tone and relax his neck muscles enough to switch back to his natural voice.
Claiming he couldn’t believe it, Fender said, “It was a miracle to hear my own voice again. It was like returning home after a very long journey, but it wouldn’t last long; because I can get my old accent back just by using certain tricks, like blowing bubbles in a water bottle with a straw.”
Despite the great strides he has made in speech therapy, Fender has still not fully regained his accent, and he says he has been speaking with an Australian accent lately.
Fender continued, “I don’t like it when I’m not in control or don’t know how to sound. It’s very scary”.
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