Professor Christopher B-Lynch (MA(OXON) MBBS, LRCP, MRCS, FRCS, FRCOG, FLLA MAE MCIArb QDR D.Univ(Honoris Cause) OU 1997), a consultant obstetrician and gynaecological surgeon who, as a University Professor, is regularly invited to lecture at numerous Universities worldwide, is easily the most famous Sierra Leonean currently on the international medical scene.
When Awareness Times first started to do some background on him over the Internet, we were stunned by the pages and pages of information on him that rolled off the Web.
From rich members of the British upper class to his colleagues in the medical profession down to ordinary citizens, the sentiments were all the same: "Professor Christopher B-Lynch is a medical genius from Sierra Leone who commands respect from all quarters."
A member of the Order of the British Empire wrote about him as follows: "The man is a genius, but he has other qualities, which sets him aside from many other gifted men. He has the ability to make you feel better the moment you walk into his consulting room. He makes you feel special; he makes you feel that, one way or another working together, you will more than likely overcome whatever problem you have."
A British lady, Gemma Lovelock, a patient of Professor Lynch, whose dream to have a baby came to fruition with the effort of Prof. Lynch wrote: "Mr Lynch is an amazing man; he has made my dream come true. He is not just a doctor, but he cares. His reputation is outstanding; I am so pleased to be under his care."
His colleagues in the same profession have pages and pages of praises for him, spread all over the Internet.
As well as Part 1 of the Interview we conducted with him, we are today reproducing a small selected number of such praises from doctors in places as far-flung as Peru, Australia and Denmark.
This Sierra Leonean is the man who, back in the year 2002 at 38,000 feet up in the skies during a flight to Montréal, Canada, miraculously used his medical prowess to revive a lady-passenger who had suffered a major heart attack in mid flight. However, when the incident is recounted back to him by Awareness Times, he humbly responds that he was merely used by the Almighty to save the passenger’s life. Throughout the interview, this is the trait he exhibits: humility in the face of great achievements.
And Professor Lynch has achieved much in his professional life. When he recently acted as Editor- in-Chief of the World’s first comprehensive textbook on Postpartum Hemorrhage, it was no less a person than the Princess Royal of Great Britain, H.R.H. Princess Anne, who wrote the forward to the book. It should not be a surprise to those who have followed the career of this great Sierra Leonean, since when he completed medical school, based upon merit, he was chosen to serve his housemanship under no less a person than Her Majesty the Queen’s own personal Surgeon.
So who is Professor Christopher B-Lynch, the Sierra Leonean who has been receiving so much international accolades?
Awareness Times was recently privileged to have him grant us an exclusive one-on-one interview from his home in the United Kingdom. We produce the first part of his Interview today, and we will produce the rest in subsequent editions:
Awareness Times (AT): Good day Sir and thank you for granting us an interview. Let us first start by congratulating you for your current achievements, which is the choice by your peers worldwide for you to be the Editor-in-Chief of the World’s very first comprehensive textbook on the evaluation, management and surgical intervention of postpartum haemorrhage. Sierra Leone is today very proud of you.
B-Lynch: The pleasure is all mine. And I will also say that I am very proud of my Sierra Leonean heritage as well.
AT: Sir, could you start by telling us a little bit about yourself; who you are? What is your background and could you also tell us about your early years growing up in Sierra Leone?
B-Lynch: I was born in Freetown, the son of the late Prince Lynch from York Village. My mother was Jane Lynch. My father worked in the Church Missionary Society for many years, and this therefore entitled me to free tuition at the C.M.S. Grammar School. All the sons and daughters of church workers were school scholars. To be a school scholar meant that the Church was responsible for your schooling. The church paid all my fees. Prior to attending the Grammar School, I attended the Holy Trinity Infant School along Kissy Road in Freetown where the church also sponsored my early education.
AT: Is there any of your teachers from back in those days whom you can recall made any impact on you?
B-Lynch: Oh yes, yes. Pa Faye Cole and Teacher Carey immediately come to mind. Teacher Carey was a particularly strict disciplinarian, and he inculcated in all of us school boys, values that have remained with many of us to this day.
AT: So, it would be correct to say that the early upbringing you received from Sierra Leone contributed to making you what you are today?
B-Lynch: Absolutely! Absolutely! My Sierra Leonean teachers and my family upbringing in Sierra Leone have played no small part in getting me to where I am today.
AT: Recently, the Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission, R. A. Caesar, Esq. expressed similar sentiments that the Grammar School helped him to face life. What would you you say about the Sierra Leone Grammar School, your alma mater?
B-Lynch: I concur with Lawyer Caesar. The Sierra Leone Grammar School trained me not just to achieve academic excellence, but to also develop maturity of mind to face the world. I recall, with fond memories, the efforts of my teachers back then, especially our then Principal of the school, Reverend Frank Woode. In those days, you had to be a church vicar before you would be made the School Principal. And Reverend Woode ensured we were taught great Christian values. Sierra Leone Grammar School boys succeed because of the discipline and training we undergo that make us rounded students.
AT: Can you name a few of your own classmates back then?
B-Lynch: Certainly. Sanusi Deen, the international businessman, Walter Nicol, the former Inspector General of Police and Oliver Nylander, the lawyer.
AT: Can you tell us a little bit more about your siblings you grew up with?
B-Lynch: My brother, Bishop J.O.P. Lynch is the current Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in Sierra Leone. As I told you earlier, our father worked for many years in the Church Mission and my brother’s calling was to also serve the Church. I also have my sister, Princess who lives in Philadelphia, USA.
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