Woman has "foreign accent syndrome" after brain injury

The rare condition has caused the woman to speak in a Scottish accent. Sharon Campbell-Rayment suffered a head injury in 2008 when she was thrown from her horse at her Ontario home. She couldn't speak for several days but after speech therapy, her voice returned with a Caledonian accent rather than a Canadian one. Words such as "wee" and  "grand" peppered Sharon's vocabulary as she spoke with a Scottish accent. The 50-year-old believes the disorder, which only 60 people suffer from around the world, was a blessing and since her fall has started tracing her family's Scottish roots. She said: "Doctors have said I might have the Scottish accent for the rest of my life. Sharon has been battling to cope with the other symptoms of her brain trauma, which make it difficult for her to make decisions, concentrate and problem solve. She also suffers sensitivity to light, headaches and anxiousness around crowds. She has turned her horse-riding retreat into a therapy centre for people recovering from brain injuries and started writing a book, which she hopes to finish this year. She added: "I wanted to write it for myself and to tell my story - but also to help other people going through a similar experience. "Brain injuries can be hard for people to understand because there are no physical signs. "It's been like starting all over again. I'm a completely different person." Read the full story here 
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