Woman has British accent after coming out of surgery

HOUSTON, TX (WCMH) — She used to have a Texas drawl, but after having surgery she now speaks with a British accent.

In December Lisa Alamia had surgery on her lower jaw.

But after coming out of surgery, he husband immedatiely noticed there was something different about Alamia. The born and raised Texas native was speaking with a British accent.

Doctors told her it would go away in a few days, but seven months later, she still has it.

“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,” Dr. Toby Yaltho of Houston Methodist Hospital Sugar Land told KTRK.

Tests showed Alamia had a rare neurological disorder that can change a person’s voice after a surgery or traumatic event.

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

Alamia says at first she was nervous about coming forward because of skeptics, but with support from her friends, she has embraced the accent.

The accent does seem to be going on away however, and she hopes to have her old Texas accent back soon.

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