An Australian woman is believed to be suffering from foreign accent syndrome, one of the rarest syndromes in the world, abc.net.au reports.
The woman, Leanne Rowe, was involved in a serious car crash eight years ago. While healing from her wounds, including a broken jaw, Rowe began to speak in what sounded like a French accent.
At first, doctors and family assumed the injury to her jaw was to blame. But, even now, eight years later, the accent has stuck, according to Reuters.
Rowe spoke to Reuters about her unusual affliction. "It makes me so angry because I am Australian," she said. "I am not French, [although] I do not have anything against the French people."
While the syndrome is undeniably fascinating, it has had a serious effect on Rowe. She told abc.net.au that she has become withdrawn and depressed. She is sometimes so self-conscious that she asks her daughter to speak for her in public.
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