A Houston-area woman’s accent sounds completely different since she underwent jaw surgery in December, and doctors say she might have a neurological condition called foreign accent syndrome.
In a KTRK-TV video posted online, Lisa Alamia’s (al-uh-MEE’-uh) accent swings between various British accents and a faint Australian twang.
Foreign accent syndrome is a rare medical condition that can result from trauma or an injury to the area of the brain that controls speech. The cause is often unknown, but it has been linked to strokes, head injuries and psychiatric conditions. Speech therapy can help patients restore their usual accents.
Dr. Toby Yaltho says he believes she has the rare condition.
Alamia says she knows some people are skeptical and that she hopes to have her true accent back soon.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
There is another phenomenon reported by Bruce Lipton a well known cell microbiologist. When people undergo heart transplant, the recipient begins to mimic the taste and habits of the person from whom the heart was removed. For instance if the person who donated his or her heart consumed spicy food the recipient of the heart will begin to want and like spicy food. I wonder if Bruce Lipton has any comments regarding what is being stated here. Is it possible that the cells in the jaw has some similar ‘memory’?