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Australian woman wakes up with Irish accent after throat surgery

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Luck of the Aussie?

An Australian woman has gone viral on TikTok after claiming that she woke up with an Irish accent following tonsil surgery.

Angela Yen, 27, had a tonsillectomy on April 19 and was confused when her Aussie accent reportedly turned into an Irish brogue 10 days after the procedure.

“I’ve never been to Ireland. I grew up in Australia and had an Aussie accent for the last 20 years since I moved here when I was 8 years old,” she told Storyful.

The Brisbane resident met with doctors and did research trying to figure out what happened to her normal accent.

Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, a science author and commentator, weighed in on the debacle in a TikTok video explaining that Yen may have foreign accent syndrome.

The rare speech disorder causes a person to sound like they are speaking with an accent from another country. It has only been reported about 150 times, according to Kruszelnicki, and is normally caused by a brain injury. But Yen explained in a video that she has no neurological symptoms — and doctors are reportedly perplexed.

“When I started singing, I was singing in a different sound and also talking words in a funny accent,” Yen recounted of the morning she discovered her new trick.

She told viewers that she’s found a neurologist with a specialty in stroke rehabilitation who is willing to help diagnose her. Now the Aussie-turned-Irish lass said that she’s documenting her troubles to help people, but she has some skeptics.

In her latest update, she responded to a commenter who mocked her, offering a calculation of the medical bills that will pile up as she tries to get her down-under slang back.

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  • Posted on May 15, 2021