Karen Butler + small stroke while under anesthesia – Having a stroke while under anesthesia is of course quite serious but for Karen Butler it worked out quite weird when she woke up with an accent that wasn’t hers. It’s assumed the potential stroke was the cause!
In 2009 Karen went in for cosmetic oral surgery at age 56. She came around with a very different voice to the one she went to sleep with!
Karen woke up with Foreign accent syndrome.
She had a mash up of European accents, very different form her native Oregon tongue! The rare neurological illness condition can clear up over time.
So do you want to hear her speak?
George Michael is probably the highest profile person to have claimed to have the illness.