A Bath woman convinced herself she was French after she developed a rare disorder. Louise Clarke, 30, a recruitment consultant, babbled away in French for weeks, according to the Sun. She demanded croissants, rang her pals to tell them she was living in Paris and even invited them over.
Louise said: "It might sound funny to others, but suddenly thinking you are French is terrifying."
She had been in France four years before becoming one of only four people in Britain, and 200 in the world, to be diagnosed with Susac's syndrome*. The brain disorder, which can be brought on by stress, is thought to affect blood vessels leading to the brain, ears and eyes and can scramble memories.
Personally, I can't understand how anyone could find this malady funny or even mildly amusing. One day you are English, or American, or Japanese, or even Andorran and the next you're French! My god - does Mother Nature or al'Qaida have no compassion at all? I'm going to have nightmares tonight, I just know it.
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** Susac's Syndrome is named after Dr John Susac, who first spotted the problem in 1975. Sufferers often experience a personality change and develop bizarre and paranoid behavior. Their speech can be affected, and many experience unrelenting and intense headaches and migraines, some form of hearing loss, and impaired vision. The problem usually corrects itself, but this can take up to five years.