Australian Crash Victim Develops French Accent (Video)

by
Sameera Ehteram
Australian Leanne Rowe suffered a head injury in a car crash eight years ago - leaving her with a rare case of Foreign Accent Syndrome and an unwelcome French accent.

Australian Leanne Rowe suffered a head injury in a car crash eight years ago - leaving her with a rare case of Foreign Accent Syndrome and an unwelcome French accent.

 The rare condition is known as Foreign Accent Syndrome - and Rowe says that it has made her feel anxious, depressed and reclusive.

"I prefer night time because its very peaceful. Not many people about," says.

University of Sydney psychologist, Dr Karen Croot, says the syndrome is caused by tissue damage to area of the brain responsible for speech.

"It's just an accident, an accident of chance that happens to that person. That what happens to their speech, happens to overlap with the features of a known accent."

But the rarity of her situation does not comfort Rowe, who is still awaiting a formal diagnosis.

There have been only 62 cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome recorded globally in the last 70 years, including two Australians.

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