Some months ago we were approached by the research team from the popular soap opera, Coronation Street about a possible storyline featuring a child who contracts Lyme disease.
Julia Knight, our Press and Community Outreach Manager, worked with the researchers to put together a credible story line, resulting in the recent story about Joseph Brown, age 12, son of Chesney, contracting the infection during a camping trip.
The Story Unfolds
Next week, Joseph’s mysterious illness is diagnosed as Lyme disease. After weeks of worry, trips to the doctors and his step-mum, Gemma being removed from the house by social services under suspicion of deliberately poisoning the youngster, things take a dramatic turn when he collapses at home.
Joseph is rushed to hospital where doctors tell his worried parents and grandparents that he has Lyme disease, probably contracted from a tick bite whilst on a camping holiday.
Julia says “It has been my great pleasure to work with the Coronation Street script writers to give them advice and pointers so that they could produce a storyline that is both realistic and engaging. Lyme disease can easily be overlooked if a person only shows viral-type symptoms initially, as in the storyline.
Raising awareness of the disease and giving people the information about how to prevent it is essential. With knowledge, bites can be prevented, and awareness of possible symptoms means that people who do contract the disease can seek medical advice promptly.”
It is important to seek medical advice if you think that you or your child may have contracted Lyme disease so that treatment can commence as soon as possible.
- How to prevent tick bites and remove ticks safely
- Lyme disease symptoms and treatment
- Supporting your child’s recovery from acute Lyme disease