Woman Goes to Dentist, Wakes Up with Accent

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People often dread a going to their dentist's office. Now, an Oregon woman has a new reason to avoid the annual six-month visit.

Karen Butler used to sound just like everyone else from Toledo, Ore. But after an oral surgery procedure, she woke up speaking with a foreign accent.

"She went. She had her teeth worked on She came home with a different voice, same girl," Butler's husband, Glen, said.

No one can determine what kind of accent she has, but Butler is learning to live with it.

"You just get whatever pops out of your mouth," she said.

Doctor suggested time would take care of the problem.

"That was at Thanksgiving time," Butler said. "Christmas came and went, and it still didn't go away."

The 56-year-old tax consultant has managed to retained her sense of humor.

"If you open up your mouth, somebody says, 'Oh, where are you from? Where did you get your accent?,' Well, I got it from my dentist in Toledo," Butler joked.

Butler believes she has Foreign Accent Syndrome. There are only about 60 known cases worldwide.

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