Car crash leaves right-handed Jamaican woman with a British accent and left-handed
Deana-Rae Clayton, A right-handed Jamaican, who survived a horrific car crash that killed her friend now has a British accent and is left-handed.
Two days after the accident, Clayton woke from a coma to find she was speaking with a British accent despite never visiting the UK.
The 33-year-old vlogger, from Montego Bay, stated that not only is she unable to speak patois, the Jamaican accent, but she is unable to understand it at times when it is spoken to her.
In my head I’m speaking patois but when it comes out of my mouth I sound British. It took me a while to get used to it but now I like it and everyone says my new accent suits me. I’m also left-handed too. I used to use just my right hand to write but now I can use both.
Doctors say Clayon is suffering from foreign accent syndrome – a condition where a person speaks with a different accent after suffering a stroke or a traumatic brain injury.
Clayton, who now has memory loss, suffered swelling on the brain which affected her cerebellum – the part used for speech and movement.
She was also blinded in her right eye and sustained a horrific catalogue of injuries in the crash in June last year which killed her friend Christopher Sherman who was driving.