An Australian woman who had her tonsils removed said has developed an Irish accent – despite her having no links to Ireland.
Angie had been for a simple 30-minute procedure to remove her tonsils on April 28 and everything had gone smoothly.
So when she woke up ten days later to a different accent from the Aussie one she’s had for over 20 years, she said she “freaked out”.
The dentist, from Brisbane, said she fears she may have developed foreign accent syndrome (FAS) as 12 days on and her accent still hasn’t returned.
Angie created an account on TikTok to describe her journey and raise awareness of her condition.
In the video posted on Day 2 of sounding Irish, she said: “I woke up with an Irish accent and I’ve never been to Ireland before.
“I spent the whole day yesterday freaking out about why this is happening to me and I went to the hospital and also called my specialist and asked them why this is happening and they couldn’t provide any answers
“They just told me to sit tight and wait for my body to heal after my tonsil surgery last Monday, about 9-10 days ago.”
Angie said she first realised her accent had changed when she woke up in the morning and started singing while in the shower, as she always does.
“When I started singing I was singing in a different sound and also talking words in a funny accent,” the Brisbane woman told news.com.au.
She is now due to see a neurologist on advice of her ear, throat and nose specialist, while she also has bloods tests and an MRI booked in.
While she thanked those who showed support to her on TikTok, she hit back at those who accused her of faking the accent to gain fame.
She said: “Unfortunately it’s not fake. I bloody damn hope that my Aussie accent is coming through, as it’s what I’ve had for the last 20 years.
“I hope you learn something from my journey and spread awareness about this.”
FAS is a medical condition experienced by hundreds each year, the Irish Mirror reports.
It sees patients develop speech patterns that are perceived as a foreign accent that is different from their native accent.
It usually results from a stroke, but can also develop from head trauma, migraine or developmental problems.