Well, after this story about the man who woke up being able to speak perfect English after hitting his head, we now have a 10-year-old-boy waking up with an upper-class British accent after life-saving brain surgery.
LONDON: A 10-year-old boy has woken up with an upper-class English accent after undergoing life-saving brain surgery.
William McCartney-Moore’s usual northern England accent was replaced with refined tones complete with elongated vowels after he had an operation to remove fluid on his brain.
William, who is from York, needed the surgery after falling ill with a rare strain of meningitis last March.
“He survived the operation and the most amazing thing is he came out of surgery with a completely different accent,” his mother, Ruth McCartney-Moore, told the York Press.
“He went in with a Yorkshire accent and came out all posh. He no longer had short ‘a’ and ‘u’ vowels. They were all long.”
Ms McCartney-Moore said doctors initially thought her son was going to die. He lost everything, she said, including his ability to read, write and recognise objects.
But William began to recover after the operation and was out of hospital in about a month.
Doctors said changes to people’s accents after surgery were rare. The central speech centre of William’s brain could have changed, they said.