Accident leaves woman with French accent
After recovering from a tragic accident, an Australian woman says she feels like her old self — but doesn’t sound like it.
Leanne Rowe says she started speaking with a distinct French accent following a bus crash that occurred 8 years ago.
Experts say Rowe is suffering from Foreign Accent Syndrome — a rare disorder that happens when tissue is damaged in the part of the brain responsible for speech.
“It makes me so angry because I am Australian,” Rowe said. “I am not French, but I don’t try to hold it in anymore because for me it was not healthy.”
In the past seven decades, there have been 62 cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome recorded across the world.