Woman Wakes Up from Surgery with Foreign Accent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- She has a British-sounding accent, but she's
never been to Europe. Karen Butler woke up from dental surgery one
day talking funny.

A year and a half later her "foreign" accent remains, and her
story has traveled around the world.

The 56-year-old tax consultant from Toledo, Ore. found her life
transformed by the dental procedure, which left her with dentures,
and -- depending on whom you ask -- an Eastern European, Swedish or
British accent.

Butler had several of her teeth removed in November 2009 because
of gingivitis. A week later the swelling had gone away, but she
still sounded strange.

As weeks stretched on, Butler did some online research. She
diagnosed herself with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a medical condition
with only a few dozen documented cases.


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