WHEN little Ethan Naisbitt was just two days old, his parents were faced with a devastating decision - either he loses a leg or loses his life.
Simon and Ann Naisbitt, of Garden Street, Accrington, believed they were having a healthy third child right up until 20 minutes after Ethan was born at Blackburn's Queen's Park Hospital.
Proud sales manager dad Simon, 38, was cradling his new son when all of a sudden Ethan started to turn blue and began having breathing difficulties.
He was rushed into intensive care where he was resuscitated and put on a ventilator.
Ethan, who is now three and attends Child's Play nursery, has since had a long list of medical complaints including a severe leakage of the left ventricle of his heart, a heart murmur, asthma, an underactive thyroid, lung scarring and a condition which causes blood clotting.
He had to have a balloon put into a heart valve to stretch it and will be monitored regularly but will have to have an operation at some point.
Ann, 37, said: "I can't fault any of the medical staff at all. They had been in touch with Alder Hey Children's Hospital because they thought Ethan had a heart condition and he was put in an incubator and taken straightaway with Simon."
Still reeling from shock, Ann had to wait for two days until she could see her new son.
Ethan then lost the circulation in his right arm and both legs and although medical staff could save the rest of his limbs, Ann and Simon had to give permission for the removal of his left leg above the knee.
He now has a prosthetic limb but it doesn't bend and Ethan doesn't like wearing it when he is playing.
Ann said: "It has been horrible, I wouldn't wish those first two and a half months on my worst enemy.
"If you looked at Ethan now you would never think that he had these serious problems.
"He's a little monkey and annoys his brother and sister everyday but they love him to bits as we all do."
Ethan's brothers and sisters are Rhianne, 12, and Brandon, nine, who help him all they can.
Now various members of the community have been so touched by Ethan's courage that they have pledged to help boost a trust fund to help buy aids for the youngster.
Former Lancashire and England cricketer David "Bumble'' Lloyd, who grew up in Accrington, will compere a fund-raising auction at the King Street Tavern from 7.30pm next Saturday, 30 September.
Various signed football shirts will be auctioned off along with cricket memorabilia signed by the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Ian Botham.
Accrington's Green Watch firefighters will be holding a charity car wash tomorrow (Sat) at the fire station on Hyndburn Road to raise money for Ethan.
Everyone is welcome to go along and hand over a donation in return for a car wash with a difference.
For more information on how to bid for auction items contact Ann on 07812 801 873.