A Jamaican woman who has never been to the UK wakes up from coma with British accent after an accident
Deana-Rae Clayton, 33, was right-handed & spoke Jamaican Patois before an accident.
However, she woke from coma to another accent.
Without ever being to the UK, she now speaks with a British accent and could now do things with her left hand.
Deana condition is known a FAS (Foreign accent syndrom)
The 33 year old woman after her recovery said :
“In my head I’m speaking patois but when it comes out of my mouth I sound British.
“It took me a while to get used to it but now I like it and everyone says my new accent suits me.
I’m also left-handed too. I used to use just my right hand to write but now I can use both.”
I want people to know about my trauma and what I am going through.
The doctors have offered me speech therapy so I can learn to speak patois again but I want to keep my accent because my family and friends have told me it suits my personality.
Some people say I sound like I’m from Birmingham and some say I sound like a well-spoken Jamaican – but no one has said anything negative.
Once I feel up to it I would like to get work doing voiceovers as everyone loves my accent.
We were coming back from a party when the crash happened.
The driver’s side of the car took the impact so Christopher died and I was seriously injured as I was sitting behind him.
When I woke up from coma I had no idea what had happened.
The doctor told me I had been in a serious crash and when I started speaking I realised I sounded different.
I have a MRI scan every three months to check the swelling on my brain hasn’t worsened and my neurologist said it doesn’t look like I’ll lose my British accent.
He said in all his years he has never seen this happen to a patient and I’m believed to be the only person in Jamaica with foreign accent syndrome.
My life truly has changed forever.
“I am learning to walk again but it will take a long time,” Deana-Rae.
I was originally told it would take two years for me to fully recover but it might take longer because my left femur is taking longer than expected to heal and coronavirus has set things back too.”