OK, we exaggerate, but she did start speaking in a Chinese accent — that’s according to a report by the UK’s Daily Mail. Doctors believe that Sarah Colwill, who has long suffered from rare sporadic hemiplegic migraines, has Foreign Accent Syndrome, a condition which damages the part of the brain that controls linguistic ability, and is so rare, there are only 60 such cases documented in the world. Said the 35 year old from Plymouth:
‘I moved to Plymouth when I was 18 months old so I have always spoken like a local. But following one attack, an ambulance crew arrived and they said I definitely sounded Chinese… I spoke to my stepdaughter on the phone from hospital and she didn’t recognise who I was. She said I sounded Chinese. Since then, I have had my friends hanging up on me because they think I’m a hoax caller… The first few weeks of the accent was quite funny but to think I am stuck with this Chinese accent is getting me down. My voice has started to annoy me now. It is not my voice.’
View the video above and decide for yourself if Colwill has a Chinese accent.