Connah's Quay son's mystery condition sees mum fearing worst

Published date: 20 January 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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THE mother of a youngster with a mystery liver condition said she does not know what the future holds for him.

Ethan Rodaway, nine, is battling a liver disease that has baffled doctors, with his mum Ceri fearing he may not make it to his teenage years.

Ethan, of Uplands Avenue, Connah’s Quay, was first diagnosed with liver disease in July 2013 and spent a short period in hospital.

The youngster, who attends Wepre CP School, has left doctors dumbfounded as they have been unable to officially identify the cause.

Mum Ceri, 34, said: “Ethan’s always had issues with illness, he has a lot of colds and things like that. He’s also been diagnosed with ADHD, then 12 months later we got hit with this.

“It’s so difficult and it’s affected our whole family because it’s so devastating.”

The battling youngster endured a second spell in hospital at the start of the year in Birmingham, where doctors told Ceri they were still unable to identify the root cause of her son’s illness.

“We went down to Birmingham on January 2 and the doctors said they still don’t know what’s causing it,” said Ceri.

“Whatever it is hasn’t been identified yet and if they ever do know, they will contact us.

“Ethan’s a lovely little boy and he’s had to go through so much.

“He’s a nine-year-old who may not make it to his teenage years, but he just wants to do everything he can with his friends whatever it takes. We don’t know what the future holds and he’s just coming to terms with that at the moment.

“Going on what doctors have said to us, he’s presenting as not as severe as first thought, but we don’t know what’s next.”

Ceri and Ethan featured in an ITV documentary aired earlier this month focusing on the residents of Uplands Avenue.

The show looked at the perceived lack of neighbourliness on the long Connah’s Quay street, with many of the Rodaway’s neighbours not even knowing about Ethan’s condition.

But after the show was aired, residents rallied round to raise money to support Ethan.

Ceri said the outpouring of community support since the TV show had been fantastic.

“People who had no idea of Ethan’s condition have been supportive and so have those who did know,” she said. “It’s not really the type of thing we talk to people about really.

“We also went down to the council offices to collect a cheque.Mark Tami MP and Carl Sargeant AM were there too which was nice and we were able to have a good chat.”

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