Car Crash Leaves Australian Woman with French Accent

I think that’s pretty cool.

fox8.com

By Wilfred Chan, CNN

HONG KONG (CNN) — Eight years ago, Leanne Rowe was in a serious car crash that resulted in a broken back and jaw. But when the former bus driver and Australian Army Reserve member recovered, she was left with something completely unexpected: a French accent.

Rowe, who is now unable to speak with her original Aussie accent, said she has become a “recluse,” and often has her daughter speak for her in public.

“I am not French,” Rowe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on Sunday. “It makes me so angry because I am Australian.”

How can this occur?

Foreign accent syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which brain injuries change a person’s speech patterns, giving them a different accent. The first known case was reported in 1941, when a Norwegian woman suffered shrapnel injuries to the brain during a German bombing run — and…

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