November 25th, 2003

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Snagging another one from Lee (

An American woman has been left with a British accent after having a stroke.

This is despite the fact that Tiffany Roberts, 61, has never been to Britain. Her accent is a mixture of English cockney and West Country.

Doctors say Mrs Roberts, who was born and bred in Indiana, has a condition called foreign accent syndrome.

This rare condition occurs when part of the brain becomes damaged. This can follow a stroke or head injury. There have only been a few documented cases.

This is quite similar to "Pain in the Ass Syndrome," where a person has hemorrhoids so severe that they begin to speak French.

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