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From a Porter to Obstetric and Gynaecological Freemason: The True life Story of Professor Christopher B LynchBorn.

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Born in 1947 in Sierra Leone with the birth name of Christopher Balogun-Lynch to a Reverend Minister and a seamstress, Professor Dr Christopher B LynchBorn was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecological Surgeon, Christopher moved to the UK from Sierra Leone as a teenager on a boat with £52 in his pocket.

Professor Dr Christopher B LynchBorn started work as a porter in a paint factory whilst taking a correspondence course to achieve his GCSE A’Levels. Christopher passed his GCSE A-Levels and won a scholarship to Oxford University where he received his law degree. Unable to find work in England or return to Sierra Leone to practice law he became a porter at St Bartholomew’s Hospital making plaster of Paris molds for dental students. Through his friends at Oxford who were studying at Bart and his rugby playing skills, he got an opportunity to study medicine at Barts. Trained by six knight bachelors of the realm.

Photo credit: freemasonrytoday: Buckinghamshire Freemason Christopher B-Lynch honoured with his photo displayed in the National Gallery

Professor Dr. Christopher B LynchBorn rose to become a leading gynecologist and obstetrician, serving as a consultant at Barts Hospital where he had been a porter and becoming Assistant Surgeon to the Queens’ gynecologist. His patients included heads of state, wine vineyard owners, authors, and the wife of the abdicated King of England. He socialized and interacted with people like Margaret Thatcher, the late Princess Diana, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, the late Fidel Castro, and the current president of Pakistan.

Professor Dr. Christopher B LynchBorn worked for four Knight Bachelor’s in his career, the first was Sir Edward Tuckwell former surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen followed by training under Professor Sir James Fraser, former President of the College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Professor Alec  Trunbull, Nuffield Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Nuffield Hospital, Oxford and in 1981, he became Chief Assistant to the Queen Gynaecologist, recently retired  Sir Marcus Setchell (Bart’s).

He became a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecological Surgeon appointed to the Oxford Deanery in 1984, based at Milton Keynes General Hospital. . As a founding Consultant of the hospital, he set up and developed the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the time until January 2010 when he retired from the NHS.

Professor Dr Christopher B LynchBorn former proficiency and professional expertise were to deal with general obstetrics and gynaecology, but with a particular interest in managing haemorrhage at surgery, particularly postpartum haemorrhage, colposcopy, pelvic infection, infertility and cancer of the genital tract management. He introduced keyhole surgery to the hospital, having been one of the first few to develop the technique in the United Kingdom back in 1989 following training in America.

The department is fully-fledged, providing front line services and he did all of the high risk and complicated surgery until he retired from NHS work in January 2010. He has been a Consultant Emeritus in recognition of his work and service that he provided for the hospital for over 26 years. He still gets recruited to advise and support complicated surgery, particularly post-partum hemorrhage and difficult clinical case management.

Professor Dr. Christopher B LynchBor was invited to membership of the Athenaeum Club in London in recognition of academic excellence following the invention of a surgical technique that carries his name, for control of post-partum haemorrhage and which is internationally known and recognized as a leading contributor to maternal health and obstetric practice. In 2000 and 2001, he was runner up for the Surgical Trainer of the Year sponsored by Smith & Nephew Foundation, a national competition.

Professor Dr Christopher B LynchBorn was invited to be Visiting Professor to the Cranfield University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Translational Medicine. (2005 – 2015) researching stem cell and ovarian cancer by collaboration work in the university, for which he received no financial benefits.

Professor Dr. Christopher B LynchBorn became a founding father of the gynecological ward at Milton Keynes Hospital and created the current charity which places cancer research and prevention at its center, the Myrtle Peach Trust which he named after his housekeeper whom he had treated for cervical cancer.

In 1997. Professor Dr Christopher B LynchBorn developed published a surgical technique, known as the B-Lynch Brace suture, which can halt postpartum haemorrhaging without the intervention of pelvic surgery, thus also potentially preserving fertility, that has saved the lives of over 2 million women worldwide.

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Professor Dr. Christopher B LynchBorn was appointed at Bart’s, Paris, and Oxford, he became chief assistant to the Queen’s gynaecologist (1981-3). In 1984, he was appointed Consultant to the Oxford region, based at Milton Keynes University Hospital (NHS Trust), and set up the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Lynch is also a Commissioner for the World Health Organisation for women’s health improvement in Africa, and after retiring from public medicine in 2010, he returned to his native Sierra Leone to teach medical students and doctors under the humanitarian organization CapaCare.

Among his many accomplishments,  “Grand Officer Of the Republic of Sierra Leone” in recognition of his outstanding performance in the field of medicine and medical research particularly his profound contribution in the area of obstetrics and gynecology, has edited and co-authored a seminal work that was launched in the United Kingdom by Her Royal Highness Princess Royal by former President, honorary doctorate by the Open University for his work and is an inaugurated active member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. His photo displayed in the national gallery in recognition of his distinguished career in obstetric and gynecological medicine at Milton Keynes University hospital

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