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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 05/24/2010

Woman says fall changed her accent

By Washington Post editors

A Fairfax County woman says she suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome because of a fall she took at a 4-H youth conference, reports Ryan Abbott of Courthouse News Service.

Abbott reports that Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare condition occurring in stroke victims that affects speech by altering "rhythm and melody, suggesting a foreign accent," according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Robin Vanderlip seeks $1 million in damages from the National 4-H Council, in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

She claims that a "heal scuff" [sic: presumably "heel"] coupled with a "dysfunctional handrail" in a stairwell at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center caused her to fall and strike her head. She says she was rushed to a hospital for treatment, and two days later, after she was discharged, she woke up unable to speak.

Vanderlip says the blow to her head caused a stroke, which caused her Foreign Accent Syndrome, from which she still suffers, along with memory problems and fatigue. Vanderlip's complaint does not indicate what sort of accent she developed.

Vanderlip is represented by Christopher Nace with Paulson Nace of Washington, D.C.

By Washington Post editors  | May 24, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
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lady, stay out of arizona, whatever you do!

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 24, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like she's suffering from La B**LSH*T.....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | May 24, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

i hate this country. not because of its great constitution or bill or rights, but because the citizens and inhabitants are turning into 100% grade A bovine excrement experts and morons. Shame on this country. If this case isn't thrown out, I will lose so much more faith in my country.

This is a sign of the end.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 24, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Su-u-u-u-re she does...

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | May 24, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Please God let me be on the jury.

Posted by: slydell | May 24, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I would suggest throwing her down the stairs again, but she may end up with a different accent.

Better to try throwing her UP the stairs until the symptoms are reversed.

Posted by: 536nooses | May 24, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

how old is this woman?
that might help me to make some sense of this story.
also, what was she doing at the 4H center?

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

i wonder if this is the same Robin Vanderlip;

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 24, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she'll get to sit with Mel Torme at the head table and he'll sing to her...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | May 24, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

That explains why Madonna and Britney Spears started talking in British accents. They must have fallen and hit their heads.

Posted by: buffysummers | May 24, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

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