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Old 04-27-2009, 11:02 PM   #1
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Default Brain op turns a yorkshireman, Irish!

Yorkshireman has a brain operation... and wakes up singing in a thick Irish accent
By Chris Brooke
Last updated at 4:28 PM on 27th April 2009
Proud Yorkshireman Chris Gregory woke up in hospital after a brain operation and started talking and singing like a drunken Irishman.



Mr Gregory, 30, stunned relatives by launching into a stirring rendition of Oh Danny Boy when he came round after three days on a life support machine in the intensive care unit.
Seeing his fiancťe at his bedside, the landscape gardener beamed from ear to ear, and giggled 'Itís da broidÖ' sounding like he was drunk and spelling out each word deliberately in a thick Dublin twang.
Phenomenon: Yorkshireman Chris Gregory shocked his wife Mary when he woke up after a brain operation and started talking and singing like an Irishman
He talked like an Irishman for almost half an hour, but his Gaelic lilt had disappeared miraculously by the following day.
Now totally recovered, Mr Gregory and the woman he has since married are planning to take a trip across the Irish Sea for the first time to sample the culture for real.
Payroll officer Mary Gregory, 36, said: 'I couldnít believe it when I walked on to the ward and heard someone singing Danny Boy really loud. It sounded like a drunken Irishman, and all the racket seemed to coming from the direction of Chrisís bed.

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'I thought to myself: "It canít possibly be himÖ" But when I pulled back the curtains Chris was sitting up in bed belting out the tune with all the right words and the thick Irish accent like heíd grown up in Dublin and lived there all his life.
'All the nurses were trying really hard not to laugh, and I was too. I just couldnít take it in at first, it seemed so comical, but it didnít matter at all because Iíd been so worried about losing him altogether.
'Chrisís Yorkshire accent had vanished completely, and he was talking like an Irishman all the time.

'At one point he looked at me adoringly and said: "Youíre da fabbest gal oi know!!" with a perfect Irish lilt in his voice.
'It sounded crazy, but I didnít care. It was just great to have him back in one piece after such a traumatic time.'
Mr Gregory, who had the emergency surgery at Sheffieldís Royal Hallamshire Hospital in December 2007 after a blood vessel ruptured in his brain, was born and bred in the city and has no Irish links.
'The difference was amazing. His accent was just like it had been before,' Mrs Gregory said.
'Chris looked totally confused when I reminded him about singing Danny Boy and speaking like an Irishman. He couldnít remember a thing about it, and he still canít now.
'Itís not as if Chris has any Irish relatives. Heís no connection with the country and heís never been there - thatís what makes it all so strange.'
Mr Gregory, who is now back at work, said: 'I just donít remember a thing about it - I wish Iíd been able to listen to it all, but I donít have any recollection of what happened when I came round.
'Iíve told Mary that she should have videoed me. At least then I could have sat back and watched myself singing Danny Boy.'
Specialists have linked the phenomenon to a condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome - which can affect the control of the lips, tongue and vocal cords in extremely rare neurological cases.
The syndrome was first discovered in Norway in 1941 when a young woman - whoíd been in injured in a bombing raid - woke up speaking with a German accent.
Geordie Linda Walker, 60, made headlines in 2006 when she began talking with a strong Jamaican accent after a stroke.
Czech speedway rider Matej Kus came round speaking perfect English with a posh twang after he was knocked unconscious in 2007 while racing for Berwick Bandits in a league fixture at Glasgow Tigers.
The 18-year-old sounded like a newsreader at first - but lost the ability to speak English altogether a few days later.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Brain op turns a yorkshireman, Irish!

My take is that this is a cosmic joke for those in the know. A kind of temporary walk-in of some kind of cosmic joker - maybe part of the healing process that saved him.

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Old 04-28-2009, 11:13 AM   #3
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My take is that this is a cosmic joke for those in the know. A kind of temporary walk-in of some kind of cosmic joker - maybe part of the healing process that saved him.

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Your probably right Anchor, i thought that also.

Different for organ transplanting though i feel you actually take on that persons persona, or the organs memory cell reveals it's abilities.
All interesting stuff.
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