It's no secret that shocking things can happen after surgery. But we've NEVER heard of the totally weird thing that happened to a Texas mother of three, Lisa Alamia, after she went into lower-jaw surgery to correct an overbite this past December.
While Lisa did get the beautiful new smile she was hoping for, she also got something else: a British accent.
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Yes, you read that right. When she arrived home after the operation, Alamia's kids and husband were shocked at the brand new thick, British accent she was speaking in--and they thought she was joking.
"I was very shocked. I didn't know how to take it. I was very confused. I said 'Ya'll’ all the time before the accent," said Alamia, a native of Texas. "I've never been outside of the country, except for a mission trip to Mexico. That's not where my accent came from."
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She has since been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome, an extremely rare speech disorder that alters the person's speech so that a person appears to speak with a "foreign" accent. Doctors estimate that the condition has affected fewer than 100 people in 100 years worldwide. The condition is most often caused by a brain injury, though Alamia's neurologist said that all her tests appear normal.
"It's such a rare condition that neurologists don't believe that this is a real condition," Dr. Toby Yaltho of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates told ABC News. "The big thing is to know that she's not faking it."
Crazy, right?! Check out this video, which shows a clip of her old way of speaking, along with her jaw-dropping new accent.
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