A YOUNG couple facing a daily battle to care for their sick baby are in despair - as his condition continues to baffle doctors and consultants.

Ian Warman, 32 and his wife Amanda, 27, of Merton Road, Slough, has a fairytale romance after meeting at a works party in the town.

But life has been hard since baby Ethan was born 18 months ago.

He is suffering from a condition that retards his growth and cannot walk or crawl. His eyes are much smaller than they should be and he cannot open his lids to see properly. He also has hearing problems and chronic breathing difficulties that mean his parents have to keep watch 24 hours a day.

To make it worse Mr Warman says doctors have been unable to identify his condition despite numerous tests and visits to Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, the John Radcliffe in Oxford, Great Ormond Street and Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Mr Warman said: "He needs acrylic shields to open his eyes properly so he can see. But the doctors say they cannot operate on his eyes because he is not fit enough and they are afraid he might not wake up.

"One doctor told me it might take five years to identify what's wrong when technology has advanced a bit more. I asked about school and was advised not even to think about that.

"What makes it worse is that there are no other parents we can talk to in our situation with, because no-one seems to know what is the matter with Ethan is."

Mrs Warman said: "It is very stressful. We have to keep watch 24 hours a day. I was told at one hospital to be prepared for anything and it could happen any day, I left shaking."

The couple have another appointment at Heatherwood this week to see a geneticist from Oxford.

But meanwhile they have signed up to the crowd funding platform GoFundMe in a bid to raise money to pay for Ethan to be seen in the private sector.

Mr Warman said: "I suppose we are hoping to find a really clever doctor to give us a different opinion, or a way to fix his eyes without risking his life. Maybe someone knows of a possible treatment abroad that is being developed."

To find out more or to make a contribution visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/everything-for-ethan