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Foreign Accent Syndrome

Tiffany Noell's life changed the weekend her hand started to shake. A stroke left her paralyzed on one side of her body, and it attacked her speech.

It sounds unbelievable, but doctors say now that Tiffany ended up with a rare side effect of stroke damage. Tiffany's accent changed from American to British. Something that is actually described in medical journals as Foreign Accent Syndrome.

"When people first started asking me where in England are you from, and a family member said why are you talking that way, that's when I became very conscious that a part of me had died during that stroke," says Tiffany Noell, stroke victim.

Tiffany was born in Indiana, spent 13 years working as a model in New York. She has never been to England. But now, in meeting with speech specialists at the Universtiy of Central Florida, her stroke damage has been identified as Foreign Accent Syndrome, a rare problem that affects less than 20 people worldwide since the first known case more than 80 years ago.

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