Lyme Disease Documentary to be Screened on Thursday

Local film-maker, David Pembroke whose work on the documentary Living with Lyme Disease which he made with his dad, James (centre) and which was presented by Brian Hurley (right) will be shown on RTÉ One on the coming Thursday night, October 4th at 10:15pm.

After a six year apprenticeship on the highways and byways of Kerry and Munster, Farranfore film-maker, David Pembroke has moved his base to Dublin and his name will be seen on our screens more often.

Call of the Wild

Also, David’s five part environmental series Call of the Wild will soon be broadcast on RTÉ.

The recent move to Dublin and involvement in the film-making scene there has proved the right move as he positions himself in his ideal location.

“I’m 24 years old and from the heart of Kerry. I am now based in Dublin and enjoying every minute and part of it,” said David.

Six Years Experience

“I have six years experience working as a freelance, self-shooting producer / editor for independent production companies.

“I am a self-motivated individual with excellent communication, production and post production skills who enjoys the challenge of taking an idea from concept to post-production,” he assures us.

David, a past pupil of St. Patrick’s Secondary School, Castleisland,  is currently producing a feature-length documentary and, in the course of 2017, he produced, filmed and edited the aforementioned environmental series.

As the Credits Roll

You’ll also find his credits on an hour long documentary Living with Lyme Disease which is coming up on RTÉ One next week.

In the past couple of years, David has produced and filmed for broadcast a series of lifestyle programmes as well as documentaries, a feature film, studio shows and advertisements.

Keep an eye out as the credits roll on home produced news programmes for the name David Pembroke.

Living with Lyme Disease

It will be a big week for the Pembrokes as their documentary Living with Lyme Disease, which was to have been broadcast this time last year, will now go out on RTÉ One next week on Thursday night October 4th at 10.15pm.

Highly Emotive

The powerful and highly emotive documentary presented by Tralee man, Brian Hurley and co-produced by the Farranfore father and son team of James and David Pembroke will be broadcast on the national channel.

The programme examines how a tiny tick bite can dramatically change people’s health and wellbeing.

Correct Diagnosis

In conversation with a number of people in Kerry and beyond suffering with Lyme disease, the programme makers document the struggles around getting the correct initial diagnosis and then the appropriate treatment for a disease.

The disease was discovered in the mid-seventies in America in a town called Lyme in Connecticut. Concerns were raised when a lot of children and adults were becoming very ill with symptoms such as severe rash, joint pain and chronic fatigue.

A Deer Tick

It was in 1981 that a scientist named Willy Burgdorfer discovered that Lyme was caused by bacteria in mice and deer and transmitted to humans by a bite from a deer tick.

Although Lyme disease has been around for decades it is only in recent years that it has come to the fore with a number of high profile celebrities going public about the illness.

Bacterial Infection

Most recently actor Alec Baldwin has talked about the debilitating effects of Lyme. Musician Kris Kristofferson’s memory loss was not due to Alzheimer’s but Lyme and singer Avril Lavigne admitting that she thought she was dying as a result of the bacterial infection.

In the programme ‘Living with Lyme Disease’ the patients interviewed discuss their frustration with being diagnosed in Ireland and how the diagnostic tests in the country are outdated and inadequate.

Create More Awareness

Many patients find themselves traveling abroad for tests and treatment which is costly, frustrating and disruptive to their everyday lives.

A number of politicians in Ireland have raised the issue of Lyme disease at local and national level citing the need for a more reliable diagnostic test for sufferers and the need to create more awareness amongst the medical profession and the general public.

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