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A Canadian mother of two who fell from a horse and woke up speaking with a Scottish accent says the incident has been one of the best things to happen to her.

Fifty-year-old Sharon Campbell-Rayment, who ran a horse riding school, was knocked unconscious when she was thrown from her horse.

When Campbell-Rayment regained her speech several days after her fall she was speaking in a thick Scottish accent, using words like "wee", "grand", "awright" and "brilliant", the UK's Mirror News reports.

Sharon Campbell-Rayment had never been to Scotland when she was thrown from her hors and left unconscious in 2008. Photo: Facebook

She had never been to Scotland before the accident in 2008.

Doctors diagnosed Campbell-Rayment with foreign accent syndrome, a rare speech disorder most often caused by head trauma that leaves patients literally speaking in foreign tones.

"Doctors have said I might have the Scottish accent for the rest of my life, or it might just disappear overnight but I don't think it's going anywhere fast," she told the Mirror.

But Campbell-Rayment says far from causing her grief, the accident and resulting foreign accident have been a blessing in disguise.

In 2010, she travelled to Scotland with her husband to trace her heritage.

Her family had migrated from Scotland to Canada more than one hundred years earlier.

"I could have ended up with any accent - French, Spanish, even Klingon - but I got Scottish. It was definitely a sign," she said.

"The accident has completely turned my life around. I strongly believe it was a message telling me this is how things were meant to be."

Campbell-Rayment is now writing a book about her ordeal, and has reopened her horse riding school as a rehabilitation centre for other people suffering brain injuries.

"I wanted to write it for myself and to tell my story - but also to help other people going through a similar experience.

"Brain injuries can be hard for people to understand because there are no physical signs.

"But they change your life. It's been like starting all over again. I'm a completely different person."

In addition to changing her accent, Sharon's accident also causes her to suffer from sensitivity to light, concentration and decision making problems, anxiousness and headaches.

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