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Migraine Attack Gives English Woman A Chinese Accent: Foreign Accent Syndrome in the News - featured April 20, 2010, Rare Diseases and Disorders

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[Source: The Daily Mail Online]

As anyone who suffers migraines knows, the pain can leave you speechless. But Sarah Colwill has experienced a much more unusual vocal effect - she now speaks with a Chinese accent. The disturbing impact of a chronic migraine has left her voice unrecognisable to family and friends.

Doctors say she has Foreign Accent Syndrome, a condition which damages the part of the brain that controls speech and word formation. It is so rare, there are only 60 recorded cases in the world.

Read more of this article on the Daily Mail Online

Watch a Video Story on ABC that Aired in 2008 on Foreign Accent Syndrome

Learn More about Foreign Accent Syndrome on the University of Texas - Dallas Website

Tags: News of the Week Foreign Accent Syndrome 23 April 2010 Rare Diseases and Disorders