An English woman has claimed that six weeks ago she suddenly woke to find she had developed a distinctive accent and has been seeking medical help ever since.
At first, the pub worker thought it sounded like a German accent before it morphed into Welsh and she now fears the accent is “stuck” and won’t go away. She initially spoke with a southern English accent before the change.
Zoe Coles, from Lincolnshire, claims she has Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS), which is a rare condition that changes how people speak.
Last year Ms Coles was diagnosed with Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) which is a condition that affects motor control and speech.
Ms Coles says she has not been able to go to work and is worried something has “gone wrong” in her brain.
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After suffering with the accent change, she failed to get a referral to see a specialist at St George’s University NHS Foundation Trust.
Now she has taken to TikTok to appeal for help to find a medical expert who can help her.
Her videos, posted as @Zoecoles1, reveal how she deals with the condition that leaves her in chronic pain, and sometimes she is even unable to walk and talk for periods of time.
In one TikTok post, she said: “I’ve just got this accent and it won’t go away, I think it’s stuck. I hoped it would just be a blip and I would get over it.”
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Ms Coles explained: “It’s very different to how I normally speak. I’ve just adapted to it…this is not normal for me.”
On TikTok, users have weighed in on what they think her accent sounds like. One user, Emma Hallas, wrote: “Think you’re turning scouse”.
Another @Eloosifelf claimed: “Started welshish then changed to scouse with an Irish twinge lol!”
Speaking to the BBC, Ms Coles said: “There are many FND sufferers but this accent syndrome… something has obviously gone wrong up in my brain, like something’s obviously not right, because who on earth wakes up speaking a totally different accent. So I would like to work with somebody [who] can help me and then we can help others.”
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