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Oregon woman gets foreign accent from oral surgery

An Oregon woman who went to get work done on her teeth claims she is the victim of foreign language syndrome.

May 5, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
An Oregon woman who went to get work done on her teeth came away with a whole new way of speaking.

She started talking with a foreign accent. Karen Butler says it's no joke. She claims that she's a victim of foreign accent syndrome.

There are only about 60 known cases world-wide. Doctors consider it a side effect of a brain injury, and it is likely Butler suffered a mild stroke.

"If you open up your mouth somebody says 'oh where are you from? Where did you get your accent,'" said Butler. "Well I got it from my dentist in Toledo."

Doctors said it's unlikely that trauma from the oral surgery caused the stroke. They said Butler could see a speech therapist and train herself to speak like she used to.


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