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? ‘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.