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Dentist who woke up from surgery with an Irish accent shares an update a year later

An Australian dentist who developed an Irish accent after tonsil surgery despite never having visited the country before has documented her vocal transformation a year later.

Brisbane professional Angie Yen, 29, who was born in Taiwan but moved to Australia when she was eight, didn’t know what to make of her new accent after tonsil surgery in April 2021.

Ms Yen has never been to the European nation and is not of Irish descent.

The accent did not appear until eight days after the operation in a phenomenon that even his doctors could not initially explain.

Brisbane professional Angie Yen, 29, who was born in Taiwan but moved to Australia when she was eight, didn't know what to make of her new accent after tonsil surgery in April 2021.

Brisbane professional Angie Yen, 29, who was born in Taiwan but moved to Australia when she was eight, didn’t know what to make of her new accent after tonsil surgery in April 2021.

Scientist Karl Kruszelnicki said the condition, which is called Foreign Accent Syndrome and has been recorded about 100 times in history, was probably caused by a brain disorder.

He responded to critics who claimed that Ms. Yen’s accent sounded fake or inconsistent, explaining that the accent was not real but a “distorted version of the patient’s existing language.”

Ms Yen claims she went to the hospital and spoke to her specialist after the accent developed, but was told to “stay put” and “let the body heal”.

Now, a year after her surgery, Ms Yen still has an Irish accent, but it’s much less obvious than it was in April 2021.

Now, a year after her surgery, Ms Yen still has an Irish accent, but it's much less obvious than it was in April 2021.

Now, a year after her surgery, Ms Yen still has an Irish accent, but it’s much less obvious than it was in April 2021.

“Sometimes I still have a hard time pronouncing words in my professional life as a dentist, sometimes I get embarrassed, people have a hard time understanding what I say and it frustrates me when they ask me to repeat it,” he said. 7News.

‘I still sound different and some days with a stronger accent.’

There is no known cure for the disorder and therefore doctors cannot provide you with much to prevent the accent from continuing.

“After it went viral, people from all over the world contacted me to say that they were glad to have finally found another person who has this isolated and rare condition and they felt validated,” he said.

Ms. Yen has used her TikTok account to raise awareness of FAS, sharing videos almost daily about the state of her voice.

Ms. Yen has used her TikTok account to raise awareness of FAS, sharing videos almost daily about the state of her voice.

Ms. Yen has used her TikTok account to raise awareness of FAS, sharing videos almost daily about the state of her voice.

What is foreign accent syndrome?

Foreign accent syndrome is a rare disorder that causes the patient to speak with an accent that is different from their natural speaking style.

It is usually the result of an injury to the head or brain, with strokes being the most common cause.

FAS can also occur after trauma to the brain, bleeding in the brain, a brain tumor, or multiple sclerosis.

It has only been recorded 100 times since its discovery in 1907.

It has patients pronounce vowels in different ways, move their tongue and jaw differently while speaking to produce a different sound, and even substitute words they don’t normally use.

Foreign accent syndrome can last for months or years, or it can even be permanent.

“I woke up this morning and was speaking with my Australian accent, I called one of my friends and confirmed that my Australian accent was back, but during the phone call, within five to 10 minutes, she could see my accent deteriorating.” . back to Irish,’ she said on the second day of the ‘changeover.’

‘I don’t know what to do, this is something very different. I’m not even trying, I’m completely scared. I thought it was going to go away when I woke up this morning.

The next day, Ms Yen said that “there were no traces of Australian accents anymore” and that she had become “totally Irish”.

‘I still can’t believe I woke up yesterday with an Irish accent. I have never been to Ireland. I grew up in Australia. My Australian accent is gone.

Ms Yen posted another video on her TikTok nine days after first noticing the Irish accent, saying it wasn’t as “chunky” anymore, but said she was still very upset.

The next day, Ms. Yen said that

The next day, Ms Yen said that “there were no traces of Australian accents anymore” and that she had become “totally Irish”.

“In terms of how I’m dealing with it, I’m definitely still in the third stage of grieving, and the last two days weren’t pretty,” he said in the video.

“Yes, I know I need medical attention and to see doctors, but it’s a struggle to even find the right person to look at me and tell me what’s wrong and bring me back to my old self,” she said.

Professor Kirrie Ballard, a speech pathologist, confirmed that the condition is medically genuine.

She called Foreign Accent Syndrome a “legitimate disorder” that is triggered by psychological or neurological damage.

Dr. Karl said the disorder can be fixed through speech training, possibly through acting school or a speech pathologist.

Dr. Karl said the disorder can be fixed through speech training, possibly through acting school or a speech pathologist.

Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki also confirmed that Foreign Accent Syndrome has been recorded about 100 times in history.

It is usually caused by a brain disorder. This may be due to a head injury, stroke, or surgery. It can also be related to diabetes, immune disorders, or other unknown causes,” he said.

“It’s not a real foreign accent, but a damaged form of the person’s native language and accent.”

Dr. Karl said the disorder can be fixed through speech training, possibly through acting school or a speech pathologist.

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