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A pregnant teenager with Tourette's Syndrome was stunned when she started braying like a donkey days after conception. Cody Hagel, 18, began suffering with the debilitating condition when she was 14 years old. For years she experienced between 10 and 20 leg twitches and head jerks a day but her 'tics' were never verbal.
But her family were shocked when Miss Hagel started to make donkey noises - more than 30 times a day - after becoming pregnant five months ago. She revealed that she has also started to shout the word ‘yes’ and ‘haha’ as well as experiencing the tics she had before conceiving.
They keep two donkeys called Oliver and Rachel who might be responsible for the teenager's embarrassing affliction. She said: ‘It's a familiar sound on the farm so that probably explains why I've started to mimic it. I have my own theory why this has happened.
Miss Hagel also told of her own experiences with the disorder and how she wants to raise awareness to educate people about tourettes. She said: ‘At first it was fine. I developed the ticks and I was diagnosed when I was 14. ‘Other students at my school were fine with it once the teachers explained what was wrong with me.