Texas woman gets British accent after jaw surgery
Family of Lisa Alamia thought she was playing around with them faking British accent after her surgery, but she has been diagnosed with foreign accent syndrome.
The jaw overbite correction surgery altered Lisa Alamia’s, a mother of three from Rosenberg’s accent.
Dr Toby Yalto, her neurologist, carried out a series of tests to determine what triggered the neurological change to develop the foreign accent syndrome.
“I didn’t know the reaction I was going to get from people. So I didn’t know if they’re going to judge me,” said Ms Alamia to KHOU TV.
“Are they going to think I’m lying or even understand how I’m speaking?”
She added, “People who don’t know me, they’re like ‘hey were are you from? I’m from Rosenberg’. They’re like ‘where is that?’ I’m like ‘right here in Rosenberg’. ‘Oh you’re from here how do you talk like that?’
“‘Mum’ is probably the one word I notice right away. ‘Kitten’ (is another). They think I’m talking about a baby cat. I’m not. I’m saying, ‘I’m just kidding’.”
Her family mocks her for the sudden change of accent. Alamia hopes her accent gets back to normal.