Jamaican woman woke up speaking with Birmingham accent after horror crash

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A Jamaican woman who has never visited the UK woke up speaking with a Birmingham accent after a horrific car crash which killed her friend.

Deana-Rae Clayton, who lives in Montego Bay, was driving back from a party with a friend when the car got involved in a horror crash.

The driver's side of the car took the impact of the accident so Deana-Rae's friend, Christopher, died instantly whereas she sustained serious injuries, Mirror Online reports.

After the crash, which put her in a coma, Deana-Rae woke up to find she was speaking a British accent, with some suggesting she sounds like a Brummie.

She told Mirror Online: "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."

The 33-year-old said doctors have offered her speech therapy to so she can learn to speak patois again but admits she likes her now accent.

She said: "I want people to know about my trauma and what I am going through.

"The doctors have offered me speech therapy so I can learn to speak patois again but I want to keep my accent because my family and friends have told me it suits my personality.

"Some people say I sound like I'm from Birmingham and some say I sound like a well-spoken Jamaican – but no one has said anything negative.

"Once I feel up to it I would like to get work doing voiceovers as everyone loves my accent."

Deana-Rae Clayton said she had "no idea what had happened" when she woke up from the crash and now has to have an MRI scan every three months.

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She said: "When I woke up from coma I had no idea what had happened. The doctor told me I had been in a serious crash and when I started speaking I realised I sounded different.

"I have a MRI scan every three months to check the swelling on my brain hasn't worsened and my neurologist said it doesn't look like I'll lose my British accent.

"He said in all his years he has never seen this happen to a patient and I'm believed to be the only person in Jamaica with foreign accent syndrome.

"My life truly has changed forever."

"I am learning to walk again but it will take a long time," Deana-Rae said.

"I was originally told it was would take two years for me to fully recover but it might take longer because my left femur is taking longer than expected to heal and coronavirus has set things back too."

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