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Australian Woman Wakes Up From Tonsil Surgery With 'Irish' Accent

Australian Woman Wakes Up From Tonsil Surgery With 'Irish' Accent

The woman has lost her natural accent

Amelia Ward

Amelia Ward

An Australian woman who went under general anaesthetic to get her tonsils removed has told of how she woke up a different accent, which she claims is 'Irish'. Listen for yourself:

An Gie Mcyen posted her first video on TikTok just two days after she had the operation on her throat, after she woke up and found she had a different accent entirely.

She wrote: "I woke up with an Irish accent the day before and thought I was gonna wake up from this weird dream.

"But no, my Aussie accent's gone."

She met with doctors who told her she has Foreign Accent Syndrome. This is caused when a patient has a brain injury, with just 100 cases reported since it was first discovered in 1907.

Ms Mcyen, who has never been to Ireland, has progressively lost more of her accent, and says the Irish twang has just got stronger.

Speaking on day two, she said: "I woke up this morning and I was speaking with my Aussie accent, and I called one of my friends and confirmed that my Aussie accent was back.

"But during the phone call, within five to 10 minutes, she could see the deterioration of my accent back to Irish.

"I don't know what to do, this is something that's very different.

"I'm not even trying, I'm completely freaked out. I thought it was going to go away when I woke up this morning."

On day three, she said there were 'no traces' of her natural accent.


She said: "I still can't believe I woke up with an Irish accent yesterday.

"I've never been to Ireland. I grew up in Australia. My Aussie accent is gone."

On the ninth day, she said that she was 'grieving' for her normal accent, saying: "The last two days were not pretty."

In a more recent video she explained: "Yes, I know I need medical attention and to see doctors, but it's a struggle to even find the right person to look into me and tell me what's wrong and get me back to my old self."

She said a neurologist has said they will meet with her to discuss the condition.

Hitting back at cynics who think she's faking it, Ms Mcyen said: "Unfortunately it's not fake.

"I bloody damn hope that my Aussie accent is coming through, as it's what I've had for the last 20 years."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok

Topics: Weird, Australia