Going to the dentist is, by most accounts, a generally loathsome experience. There's the scraping, the drilling, the scolding over not flossing enough, the horrible smell of plaque and fluoride everywhere, and now, apparently, there's the chance that you'll leave permanently sounding like Count Dracula.
Such appears to be the outcome for Newport, Ore. tax consultant Karen Butler, who went in for dental surgery at Dr. Gregory Herkert's office in Toledo a year-and-a-half ago and, she says, has been talking "like I was from Transylvania" ever since.
When Karen Butler came out of sedation after oral surgery a year and a half ago, her mouth throbbed and her face was puffy. But that's not all that had changed. When she spoke, the words tumbled out in a thick and foreign accent.
Here's a video of Butler--post vocal-vampirification.
Butler's condition is called, off all things, "foreign accent syndrome" and it's not unique (about 60 cases have been reported in the last 100 years). What is unique is the way in which she contracted the disorder, as it's usually associated with the after-affects of strokes and other brain-related trauma.
The woman's case has doctors puzzled because the dental surgery Butler received had nothing to do with her nervous system and the drug she was given to sedate her (Halcion) has no history of causing strokes. Regardless, both her dentist and her physician say the accent was likely caused from the surgery.
Some people insist Butler is faking it.
It's hard to imagine what her motivation for faking an accent like that would be. Although, on second thought, famed vocal actor Larry Kenney, the voice behind infamous breakfast villain Count Choculais now 63-years-old, so she may be jockeying for a new gig once he finally retires.