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Leanne Rowe – The Australian who Speaks French after an Accident !

Leanne Rowe is  an Australian who has developed a French accent after an accident, a classic example of the Foreign Accent Syndrome.  Leanne had never spoken French her whole life, apart from studying it as a subject in the school.

The Agence France- Presse reported that Rowe got this accent after a car crash, nearly a decade ago, which left her with a broken jaw and back. It is only now that she has come out in the media to tell her story.

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Leanne  Rowe said, “It makes me so angry because I am an Australian. I am not French, I do not have anything against the French people.” After she woke up in the hospitals, doctors put on to medication; they believed she was slurring words because of the medication. Soon, these slurs developed into French accent as she recovered.

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Since this speech disorder was first reported in the 1940s, there have been just about 100 cases of Foreign Accent Syndrome.  Last year, a 40 year old British lady developed a French accent after she suffered seizure due to flu.

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