Sarah Colwill, a 38-year-old woman from the United Kingdom, was rushed to a hospital after suffering from a severe migraine. However, when she woke up, her local Plymouth accent had disappeared, leaving her sounding Chinese. She was diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare condition with no clear cause. Continue reading for the BBC news report and more information.
“It’s just been such a horrible thing to go through,” Colwill says teary-eyed in the opening scenes of the documentary. “You don’t even know who you are anymore…It’s like you’re trapped inside yourself.”
Certain scenarios explored in the documentary make the condition seem near comical: Colwill’s asked to say “chopsticks” by her speech therapist, the pressure she receives to order fried-rice at a restaurant and the necessity of avoiding certain phrases.