13 Aug '11, 11am

British student has tongue lengthened to speak Korean

LONDON - A 19-year-old British student is so obsessed with Korean culture that she has had her tongue surgically lengthened to help her speak the language. Ms Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones of Nottinghamshire plans to take Korean Studies at university and dreams of living in the country, even though she has never visited it. While taking language lessons, she struggled to pronounce certain sounds in Korean. It was blamed on Ms Brooksbank-Jones having a slightly shorter than average tongue, caused by an unusually thick lingual frenulum - the flap of skin that joins the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Her parents agreed to her having a lingual frenectomy, a 15-minute operation under local anaesthetic that involved making an incision in the flap of the skin. Ms Brooksbank-Jones admitted that it was "agony at first" but her tongue is now about 1cm longer and she ...

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