Oral Surgery: Patient Discovers New Foreign Accent After Procedure (video)

oral surgery English accentOral surgery patient Karen Butler came out of sedation from her surgery with more than just a slightly puffy face — she awoke with a new, thick foreign accent too.

As the Oregonian first reported last week, Butler seems to have developed Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare speech abnormality where people suddenly develop a foreign accent. She’s the first known case in Oregon, said Dr. Ted Lowenkopf, medical director of the statewide Providence Stroke Center.

Mrs. Butler appeared at her oral surgery appointment with an American accent, but upon recovery from her surgery, discovered, “I sounded like I was from Transylvania.”

Here is the interview and video showing her voice before the surgery and her voice after –

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