Oregon woman develops foreign accent after dental surgery
SALEM, Ore.- She has a British-sounding accent, but she's never been to Europe. Karen Butler woke up from dental surgery one day talking funny.
A year and a half later her "foreign" accent remains, and her story has traveled around the world.
The 56-year-old tax consultant from Toledo, Ore. found her life transformed by the dental procedure, which left her with dentures, and - depending on whom you ask - an Eastern European, Swedish or British accent.
Butler had several of her teeth removed in November 2009 because of gingivitis. A week later the swelling had gone away, but she still sounded strange.
As weeks stretched on, Butler did some online research. She diagnosed herself with Foreign Accent Syndrome, a medical condition with only a few dozen documented cases.