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A Texas woman, Lisa Alamia, went into jaw surgery in December 2015 to correct an overbite and came out not just smiling, but also with a British Accent.

“I was very shocked,” she told ABC News. “I didn’t know how to take it. I was very confused. I said ‘Ya’ll’ all the time before the accent. Once I got the accent, I started noticing I’d say, ‘You all.'”

Her husband Richard Alamia who noticed the change right after the surgery asked the doctor if it would go away, and the doctor replied in the affirmative.

But it didn’t. She later went on to see a neurologist.

“Very unusual. I can’t think of a reason the jaw surgery would cause it. I went back and looked at the operative report to see if there were any complications from surgery but there weren’t any,” said Dr. Toby Yaltho of Houston Methodist Hospital Sugar Land.

He went on to run some tests only to discover that she developed a rare neurological disorder called Foreign Accent Syndrome which has been reported only 100 times ever.

“I’d read about it and heard about, but I never thought I’d see it,” Dr. Yaltho said.

Researchers say it is usually caused by brain injury or after a traumatic event but doctors were bewildered by Lisa’s case.

There is no known cure for the disorder, and while the accent may fade with time, it may stick with the person for life.

With support from her friends and family she’s embracing her new accent.

Watch her on ABC News below:


  1. *curious*

    June 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm


  2. Lustre

    June 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Hian! See another person’s problem

  3. Tee

    June 24, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I had a family friend that had this problem. She fell in the bathtub, went into a coma for a few days and woke up with an American accent. In fact we were all in shock because she had never travelled out of naija before. Hmmn Strange things…

  4. Ivie

    June 24, 2016 at 10:30 pm


  5. lifeisbeautiful

    June 24, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Haha…it’s kind of cool.

  6. fashy me

    June 24, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    C’mon is not a rare disease, a lot of nigerians suffer it

    • aj

      June 25, 2016 at 2:57 am

      looool abi ooo. the should go to Nigeria first before concluding that it is rare,

  7. Evab

    June 25, 2016 at 12:48 am

    There must be over 1 million cases of this in Nigeria since a lot of people wakeup one day and change their accent… shout out to the radio and TV personalties. HaHa

  8. Ada_ugo

    June 25, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Watch Nigerian women start prescribing jaw surgery for themselves

  9. La vie est belle

    June 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

    And what’s wrong or special about that huh? Brace it ma’am it’s a gift

  10. huntersson

    June 25, 2016 at 6:43 am

    This oyinbo people are learners. You dont necessarily need to get head trauma for This. In nigeria, simply flying to ghana and back causes a british accent.

  11. Beat

    June 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Hahahahah…….. At least it is British accent not any of the African accent.

    • Smh

      June 25, 2016 at 3:58 pm


  12. Smh

    June 25, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    What is wrong with African accents? Slave mentality.

    • Ada

      June 26, 2016 at 7:43 am

      Colonialism is one hell of a drug.

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