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Australian woman develops Irish accent after recovering from a severe migraine

AN AUSTRALIAN woman has found herself speaking with a strong Irish twang after suffering a horrendous migraine.

Kate Baggs, 30, from Melbourne, gets hemiplegic migraines, which mimic a stroke and can cause temporary paralysis, Irish Mirror reports.

Kate told the title: “The first time I had a stroke-like migraine, it took me two months to learn how to speak again and when I did speak, I had a Canadian accent.

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“It only lasted a couple of months, it faded quite quickly and went back to my Australian accent.

“The most the doctors can understand is that the migraines are probably happening at the speech and language centre of my brain.

“I am trying to enjoy it as long as it lasts as it has a nice melody on it- I’ve decided to do more things such as public speaking while I still have it”

Kate Baggs

“I was at the shop buying a toothbrush and I started the sentence sounding like the Australian me and by the end of the sentence I realised something was odd.

“My godmother thought I was making a joke, mimicking something from a movie we were talking about.

“It’s been Irish ever since and it doesn’t show any signs of going away anytime soon.

“I had no control over it but I thought ‘that sounds really funny’.

“It’s constant, it’s not an accent I’ve been exposed to, I don’t have interactions with anyone with an Irish accent.”

Kate believes stress and caffeine can trigger her debilitating migraines.

Severe symptoms include paralysis of the left side of her body and loss of speech — sometimes lasting weeks.

Looking on the bright side, Kate revealed she is a fan of her new voice: “I am trying to enjoy it as long as it lasts as it has a nice melody on it- I’ve decided to do more things such as public speaking while I still have it.”

She added: “Going to Ireland has always been a dream of mine- hopefully it will be my next trip and I’ll be able to sound like a local.”

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