US woman wakes up with British and SA accents after head injury in robbery

2018-03-29 16:45
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This American woman woke up with a posh British accent after being hit on the head during a robbery.

Ashley Bosma, from Florida, US, was alone at home when an intruder attacked her last October, leaving her unconscious.

After being treated in hospital for a head injury, the 28-year-old returned to her normal life despite still suffering from memory problems and brain fog.

But just a month later, her thick American accent disappeared overnight and instead, she started speaking with an upper-class British one.

Doctors now believe she suffers from foreign accent syndrome – a rare speech disorder found in cases of brain injuries.

"I have never been to the UK or even anywhere near it so it’s a real mystery how this has happened,” Ashley says.

"I was a fan of Harry Potter when I was young but not really anything linked to Britain other than that. If anything I was more impressed by the French accent growing up.

"The only exposure I’ve had was a former work colleague who was a Brit and I loved his accent but I haven't spoken to him for about three years.

"My friends and family think it’s really funny. They quote lines from Monty Python and even Mrs Doubtfire at me and finish off conversations with 'Cheerio' or some other British mannerisms."

Her husband Derek and daughter Sophia (5) are quite surprised by the transformation in her accent, which can also sound Australian or South African at times.

Ashley recently resumed her studies to qualify as a paramedic after taking time off to recover.

And although her close friends find her accent hilarious, some people have accused Ashley of “faking it”.

“At first I couldn’t understand what was happening and my lips and jaw were hurting and I spoke with the same dialect but didn’t sound like my normal self.

“My husband was there to see it as I had a meeting at home with a Russian fitness trainer and overheard me and he actually thought I was trying to mock the person I was with.

“People think it’s fake, that it’s something not real – I don’t like to record myself much because I sound funny.

“Whenever me and my husband go out, someone will always ask about where I’m from and then we have to explain it all – my husband has perfected his explanation," she says.

Ashley wants to make people more aware of the syndrome and hopes to reach out to others going through the same thing.

“She’s been so strong about it – I’m not sure if I could have dealt with it as well as she has,” Derek says.

“She’s still the same wife and I feel so much love for her – the accent is just a tiny part of her. I just want her to be happy.”

Police are still hunting the intruder, who’s believed to have hit Ashley on the head with a cast iron skillet.

Source: Magazine Features

 

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