Royal Philips is sponsoring a new documentary, “COPD: Highly Illogical – Remembering Leonard Nimoy,“ which provides an intimate look at the actor’s life, legacy, and his final years confronting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nimoy is best known as Mr. Spock in the original “Star Trek” TV series and for his “live long and prosper” Vulcan greeting, and this film aims to educate the public about COPD and about Nimoy’s struggle with the disease.
“COPD claims millions of lives every year, yet it doesn’t have nearly as much visibility as it should for how difficult it makes the lives of patients and their families. Our aim in sponsoring this film is to raise awareness of the disease and its consequences if left undiagnosed or untreated,” said Eli Diacopoulos, Home Respiratory Care Business Leader, Philips, in a press release. “By sponsoring this film, we hope to spark conversations about improving COPD detection, prevention and treatment, and empower people with facts to educate others about a disease that has profoundly impacted many lives, like Leonard Nimoy’s.”
The documentary, produced by Nimoy’s daughter, Julie Nimoy, and her husband, David Knight (Health Point Production), offers a glimpse into the final months of Nimoy’s life. He died of COPD in February 2015.
Nimoy revealed his diagnosis in 2014, and spent his remaining days talking and tweeting about the illness, revealing how his years of smoking had caused it, and imploring anyone who smoked to make the “logical” choice — and quit.
“Movie enthusiasts and science fiction fans alike were captivated by my father, Leonard Nimoy, in his role as Mr. Spock in Star Trek,” his daughter said. “His character’s iconic catchphrase, ‘Live long and prosper,’ quickly echoed through generations and became a battle cry for fans. I look forward to continuing my dad’s mission of raising awareness and helping COPD patients like him to live longer and prosper in their own lives, as my dad did in his.”
Nimoy’s disease was only officially diagnosed in 2013, about a decade after symptoms began. His COPD was beyond effective treatment when finally diagnosed, the press release said.
Philips specializes is innovations that help COPD patients to live full and active lives. Among Philips’ recent advances in respiratory care is the SimplyGo Mini, a lightweight and small portable oxygen concentrator, and the Care Orchestrator, a healthcare management application designed to facilitate patients’ connectivity and care.
Philips is showcasing its newest COPD and respiratory solutions at the European Respiratory Society International Congress (ERS), taking place Sept. 3–7 in London.