Christopher B-Lynch(1947-), Physician and surgeon
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Pioneer of the B-Lynch Brace suture, a surgical technique that he developed and published in 1997. The technique which can halt postpartum haemorrhaging without the intervention of pelvic surgery, thus also potentially preserving fertility, has saved the lives of countless women worldwide. An obstetrician and gynaecological surgeon, he was educated at Oxford and St Bartholomew's Medical College, London, where he graduated in medicine in 1973. Following various appointments 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), where he 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 organisation CapaCare. The President of Sierra Leone awarded him the GORSL (knighthood equivalent) for his work and charity internationally.