Foreign Accent Syndrome - Occurrences - Dallas Woman, 2004

Dallas Woman, 2004

In February 2004 a woman in Dallas, Texas, who had been raised in upstate New York and had been living in Texas for over 15 years, was given an iodine contrast injection for a chest CT scan. She was allergic to iodine, however, and the resulting allergic reaction resulted in a 24-hour paralysis during which she was unable to speak. As the paralysis wore off she began to speak with a Russian sounding accent. Along with the change in her speech, she also began to have seizures. Over time the accent became more normal but became stronger again when she had a seizure. The Foreign Accent Syndrome website at the University of Texas at Dallas has sound clips of her speech from before the incident, and after her speech had been affected.

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