By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:17 PM on 02nd April 2010
Comments (2) Add to My Stories Surprise: Jacquie Aubry recovered from a serious car accident to find she speaks with a Romanian accent
A British charity worker who was left unable to speak after a near-fatal car crash has got her voice back - with a new Romanian accent.
Jacquie Aubry, 59, from Chandlers Ford, Hamoshire, could not walk or talk after sustaining life-threatening head injuries when her 4x4 hit a tree outside Bucharest in December last year.
The mother-of-two, who runs a children's farm project in Romania with husband Lewis, 74, went through intensive therapy even listened to a radio interview she gave before the crash to help her learn to speak again.
But after slowly recovering the power of speech, Mrs Aubry - who was born and raised in Dorset - surprised family and friends with a distinct Romanian twang to her voice.
She said: 'People have told me I speak with an accent which is weird because it still sounds the same to me.
'I have been told by my speech therapist that it will come back in time it just takes patience.
'After the accident happened I could only manage noises and a few broken words which only my daughter could understand.
'The more I talk the better it gets and I hope I can get back to how I sounded before.'
Jacquie, who has been visiting Romania with Lewis for the past seven years, running their charity Growing Care, was on her way to Bucharest Airport to collect her daughter Sian, 28, when the accident happened.
Crash: The wreckage of Mrs Aubrey's car after a hit-and-run driver forced her into a tree near Bucharest
She was cut up on a narrow country road by a hit-and-run driver, forcing her into a tree which crushed the drivers' side of her pick-up truck.
Jacquie spent three weeks in hospitals where she had to undergo three separate CT scans to asses the extent of her brain damage.
Lewis was even told his wife of 30-years had died, only for him to later find out Jacquie had been transferred to the neurological ward of Bucharest Hospital.
Former paramedic Lewis said: 'It was a very traumatic time, the Romanian doctors were saying to me, "moartea" which means death, and obviously I was terrified.
'It did not look good. We were all scared to death, being in a foreign country with no real communication.
'It was not until Sian went to the hospital that we found out she was just unconscious. I will never complain about the NHS again.'
Mrs Aubry, who suffered two broken ribs, extensive bruising and brain damage, has to undergo physio and speech therapy twice a week but is expected to make a full recovery.
Her goal is to return to Romania this year where the couple can carry on their work on the 25-acre farm, teaching local street children farming techniques.
She added: 'My speech has improved 100 per cent although I still suffer some effects of the crash.
'If I start laughing or crying I cannot stop for at least five minutes, which can be frustrating.
'I almost sound like a child but listening to how my voice sounded before gives me a goal to get back to that.'