Texas wo­man has Bri­tish ac­cent after surgery

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A Texas wo­man who un­der­went surgery on her jaw now speaks with a Bri­tish ac­cent after she was di­ag­nosed with a rare neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­der.lisa Alamia, a mother of three from Rosen­berg, had the surgery to cor­rect an over­bite, but it ended up chang­ing her speech.

Her neu­rol­o­gist, Dr Toby Yalto, has put her through a se­ries of tests but has so far been un­able to de­ter­mine what has caused her to de­velop the con­di­tion, known as for­eign ac­cent syn­drome.less than 100 peo­ple world­wide have de­vel­oped the con­di­tion in the last cen­tury, ac­cord­ing to Hous­ton Methodist Sugar Land Hospi­tal. Ms Alamia told KHOU TV: “I didn’t know the re­ac­tion I was go­ing to get from peo­ple. So I didn’t know if they’re go­ing to judge me.

“Are they go­ing to think I’m ly­ing or even un­der­stand how I’m speak­ing?”

Her family and friends now ridicule her for the ac­cent, after ini­tially think­ing she was jok­ing around.

She added: “Peo­ple who don’t know me, they’re like ‘ hey were are you from? I’m from Rosen­berg’. They’re like ‘where is that?’ I’m like ‘right here in Rosen­berg’. ‘Oh you’re from here how do you talk like that?’

“‘Mum’ is prob­a­bly the one word I no­tice right away. ‘Kit­ten’ (is another). They think I’m talk­ing about a baby cat. I’m not. I’m say­ing, ‘I’m just kid­ding’.”

Ms Alamia, who un­der­went the surgery six months ago, is hop­ing her ac­cent will even­tu­ally re­turn to nor­mal.

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