New maxillofacial surgeon puts Ami back centre stage
11 May 2012
A bony protuberance on Ami Hawthorn’s forehead was not only irritating and distressing, it was also interfering with her career as a professional singer.
The lump had continued to grow until it was about the size of a
peach stone and was becoming more apparent - particularly beneath
the stage down-lights.
Ami, 36, a mother of two young daughters of GlendaleGardens,
Leigh, said: "It was getting bigger and bigger and people kept
asking if I had banged my head. I was very conscious of it and used
to play with it and make it red. I used to make sure my hair was
pulled down to cover it."
Eventually she went to her GP who was not sympathetic. But Ami
was adamant: "I have got a lot of living to do and should not have
a bone growing out of my head. I wanted to know what my options
Ami, who sings with Army bands including the Welsh and Grenadier
Guards under the stage name Ami Anders, was eventually sent for an
X-Ray and CT scan. She was told surgery was a possibility to remove
the osteoma but she would probably be left with a scar instead of
the bump. Then she was told a new maxillofacial surgeon, Mr Vyomesh
Bhatt, was soon to joinSouthendUniversityHospitaland was referred
Mr Bhatt, who has recently completed an intense fellowship in
maxillofacial trauma and deformity surgery inFreiburg,Germany, was
able to remove the tumour using endoscopically-assisted surgery,
making only a small incision on Ami's hairline so that no scar
would be visible afterwards.
He said: "Why would Ami want a scar to get rid of the bump? It
was perfectly possibly to remove it with minimum access."
Ami was allowed home the day after her operation and just over a
week later was back on stage performing aSt George'sCay concert
with the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
She said: "Normally the anaesthetic makes me sick, but not this
time. And Mr Bhatt came to my bedside while I was still in
recovery. He was amazing and has completely changed my life. I am
no longer constantly pulling my fringe down over my forehead and
feel much more relaxed. I would trust Mr Bhatt completely and
recommend him highly - he was just brilliant. He put me at my ease
and was absolutely charming and professional."