“Today I tried as hard as I can to talk normally, and no, it’s full Irish.”

By David Kent Digital Reporter

An Australian woman has woken up after a serious surgery to find herself speaking with an Irish accent.

An Gie McYen woke up with her whole world sounding a bit more Irish (Image: TikTok)

And turns out, it happens to hundreds of people a year.

Foreign Accent Syndrome is medical condition in which patients develop speech patterns that are perceived as a foreign accent that is different from their native accent.

It usually results from a stroke, but can also develop from head trauma, migraine or developmental problems.

But poor An Gie McYen found out that you can get it from tonsil surgery too!

The TikTok user is claiming that one day after her tonsillectomy, she woke up with a full-blown Irish accent.

An Gie isn’t Irish, she’s Australian.

She has never been to Ireland, and has no Irish family.

An Gie specifically set up a TikTok account to document her journey – see for yourself!


Day 2: I woke up with an Irish accent the day before and thought I was gonna wake up from this weird dream. But no, my Aussie accent’s gone

♬ original sound – angie.mcyen

In some of her follow-up clips, you can hear bits of her original Australian accent.

But we sit here, 13 days removed from the surgery and her latest upload has her chatting away to the camera in an accent that is definitely not Australian.


Day 13: Struggling to find a neurologist who has experience with #foreignaccentsyndrome or knows someone who can help me #foryou

♬ original sound – angie.mcyen

Some people were accusing her of faking it to get TikTok famous – but An Gie addressed those in a fiery response.

“Unfortunately it’s not fake. I bloody damn hope that my Aussie accent is coming through, as it’s what I’ve had for the last 20 years,” she said.

“I hope you learn something from my journey and spread awareness about this.”




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