A woman in the UK who developed a special syndrome after two months of unable to speak suddenly spoke four different foreign voices.
Emil Egan was born and raised in Essex, United Kingdom and doesn't speak a foreign language, but hearing this woman speak, many may mistakenly think it is a Russian immigrant or tourist, because of her Eastern accent Thick consistency. But even more special is that sometimes Emil Egan also speaks French, Italian or even Polish.
The life of Emil Egan, 31, changed dramatically in January, when a mysterious condition left her unable to speak for two months. Emil had complained of headaches for two weeks before a day of a deeper voice.
Her colleagues at a nursery, which Emil is managing in Bournemouth, then realized her voice was becoming slower and slower. Along with the signs that a stroke may occur.
After 2 months of being unable to speak, Emil Egan suddenly spoke up to 4 different languages.
When Emil was taken to the hospital, she lost her ability to speak completely. But after performing some tests, doctors ruled out a variety of causes, instead doctors diagnosed Emil's loss of voice due to a brain injury.
After three weeks in the hospital, Emil Egan was still unable to speak and relied solely on the basic sign language she chose at work and a text-based mobile phone application to communicate. Emil was discharged from the hospital and on the advice of a neurologist she should go to Thailand to relax as much as possible. Emil did that and a few days during the holiday, she started talking again.
'Normally my voice is very high and it's easy to recognize, people always know it's calling me, but recently I've been speaking in a voice . Russian is strange. On holidays, I started making sounds like a deaf person trying to talk. People think that the nerves have begun to open when my body is completely relaxed. When I was at home, those words sounded like foreign languages , ' Emil said.
This problem shocked Emil when she first noticed her Eastern European accent, but even more so when she realized that sometimes her voice would change to Polish, Italian and even French.
Despite not knowing why this happened, Emil realized that it had to do with how tired she was. In March 2020, she was officially diagnosed with a rare condition called Foreign Voice Syndrome .
'I was so excited when my voice started to come back but now I don't even recognize the voice coming from my mouth, it sounds like me , ' Emil said.
Since being diagnosed with super rare syndrome, Emil has had to see a speech therapist, but has not changed. Doctors say that her strange foreign accent will be with her for a long time, maybe even forever.
Even since Emil's voice returned, she has had to deal with discrimination from people who think she is an immigrant and has had to quit her job because of stress, making the situation worse.
'I'm only 31 years old and I'm shocked to know how much my life has changed in a few months. The hardest thing for me was learning that this voice was okay. I had to learn to accept that it was ok for me to not be able to say it right away, '' Emil said.
In fact, the case of Emil Egan is similar to that of Michelle Myers, a woman in Arizona who never went out of the United States, but was able to speak English, Irish and Australian accents, after experiencing headaches. violently. She was also diagnosed with Foreign Voice Syndrome like Emil Egan.