LIFE holds an uncertain future for young Ewan Patton.
Diagnosed with a rare lung disease, the seven-year-old relies on medication to keep the condition under control.
Now Ewan’s parents face waiting to hear if their son will need a lung transplant in a bid to help him live a normal life.
Mum Elizabeth and dad John say all they can do is support Ewan, who also has curvature of the spine, in his efforts not to let the condition get him down.
Elizabeth, 43, said: “He’s an inspiration.
“When you think of everything he has to go through, he just gets on with it.”
Ewan has had to come to terms with living with obliterative bronchiolitis (OB), a condition that can leave him so breathless he is unable to get off the settee.
Elizabeth, also mum to Dayle, 22, Adam, five, and Ethan, four, said: “Ewan was born five weeks prematurely and was always suffering from chest infections.
“As he got older, he was treated for severe asthma and ended up in hospital many times.”
As Ewan’s health deteriorated, doctors ended up referring him to the RVI in Newcastle where tests later revealed his condition wasn’t asthma, but OB, a rare and irreversible lung condition, which leaves the schoolboy so breathless he has twice contracted pneumonia.
Despite the debilitating nature of his condition, the Patton family, of Easington Lane, say Ewan never lets his illness get him down.
Elizabeth, who is married to 43-year-old John, said on good days Ewan, a pupil at Hetton Lyons Primary School, throws himself into everything.
She added: “Sometimes you could look at him and never know there was anything wrong.
Ewan loves football and plays in goal, a position where he doesn’t have to run about too much, for Hetton Juniors Football Club.
The club is holding a charity night to raise awareness of the condition and to boost funds for Breathtakers, a charity which offers support to suffers of OB and their families.
Elizabeth said: “It is fantastic for the club to do this and we are very grateful.
“It is amazing how much brilliant support Ewan gets from everywhere, including his school and the RVI.”
The event will be held tonight at Elemore Golf Club and anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize can contact the club via www.clubwebsite.co.uk/hettonjuniors.