Ashley Cain admits he's 'scared' for daughter Azaylia amid her leukaemia battle

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Ashley Cain has admitted he is 'scared' for baby daughter Azaylia, but said he wants to be strong for her as she is 'still in the game'.

Updating fans from a special pod he and girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee had set up so they could go stargazing with their eight-month-old child, he spoke candidly about how he has been feeling amid her leukaemia battle.

Earlier in the day, the former Ex On The Beach star, 30, shared the touching moment a plane flew over his and partner Safiyya's house to draw a heart in the sky in honour of their daughter Azaylia.

Candid: Ashley Cain admitted he's 'scared' for daughter Azaylia amid her leukaemia battle but said she's 'still in the game' after sharing moment a plane drew heart in sky for her 

While showing off the garden pod, Ashley explained to fans: 'I'm just sitting outside in the pod that we got for Azaylia so we can sit outside at night time and look up at the stars with her, she's asleep at the minute and right now it's too hot for her in here as she's spiking in temperature and needs to cool down.

'I just wanted to say, I'm overwhelmed and grateful for all of the love and support and tributes that are going out for my daughter - it's absolutely incredible.

'Truthfully though, I can't really put into words how I'm feeling - I'm scared, I'm worried, I'm nervous, I'm anxious, all of the time.

'But I'm getting my strength from being the best me I can be for my daughter right now and currently she's still here, she's still breathing, and she's still in the game.'

Sweet: Earlier in the day, Ashley shared the touching moment a plane flew over his and partner Safiyya's house to draw a heart in the sky in honour of their daughter Azaylia

Candid: Reflecting on how he's been feeling amid Azaylia's illness, he said: 'I can't really put into words how I'm feeling - I'm scared, I'm worried, I'm nervous, I'm anxious, all of the time'

Father: Ashley added 'I'm getting my strength from being the best me I can be for my daughter right now and currently she's still here, she's still breathing, and she's still in the game'

Ever the doting dad, Ashley ended the video by sharing his support for Azaylia by saying: 'Let's go champ, thank you guys.'

Azaylia has been brought home for her final days after doctors devastatingly found her rare and aggressive leukaemia had spread last week. 

Taking to Instagram on Saturday, Ashley admitted he feels 'broken, scared and worried', but is drawing strength from his daughter who is 'fighting fearlessly'.  

Great idea: Ashley and his partner Safiyya have set up a pod in their garden so that they can stargaze with Azaylia

Moving: Earlier on, Ashley shared a collection of poignant photographs of the family looking up to the sky to see the plane draw a love heart and the letter 'A'

Ashley shared a collection of poignant photographs of the family looking up to the sky to see the plane draw a love heart and the letter 'A'. 

Moved by the incredibly thoughtful gesture, the Ex On The Beach star wrote: 'We got surprised today with a plane flying over our house to create a heart in the sky for our brave and beautiful little princess Azaylia, who is still with us, fighting fearlessly everyday.  

'We're overwhelmed at all of the amazing tributes that are happening around the world.

Heartbreaking: Azaylia has been brought home for her final days after doctors devastatingly found her rare and aggressive leukaemia had spread last week

Touched: Moved by the gesture, the Ex On The Beach star wrote: 'We got surprised today with a plane flying over our house to create a heart in the sky for our little princess'

'From Wembley Stadium to the Niagara Falls lighting up orange as a testament of her bravery, the awareness she has raised for childhood cancer and all the children and families she has helped through her struggles already. 

'Right now I feel broken, scared and worried all of the time. But I am finding strength in trying to be the best father I can be, no matter the situation, for her. That is the least she deserves and the most I can give her, the best me I can be. There is one thing for certain though, I couldn’t be a prouder dad and a more blessed human to have such an incredible daughter.'

Ashley went on to thank all of their supporters and the 'love and light' which is providing comfort to their family.

He concluded: 'For now we have another day to cherish with another special memory - LETS GO CHAMP!'

Heartbreaking: Ashley showed the extensive medication his terminally-ill daughter Azaylia has to have as her health declines earlier on Saturday

Earlier on Saturday, Ashley showed the extensive medication his terminally-ill daughter Azaylia has to have as her health declines amid her heartbreaking leukaemia battle. 

The television personality took to Instagram at 9am where he showed seven syringes for his daughter, and said it was already her second lot of medication for the day.

Ashley filmed the syringes, designed to provide nutritional support for those unable to eat, lined up on Azaylia's high chair.

Eight-month-old Azaylia has to have a feeding tube directly into her stomach to provide her with food.   

He captioned the shot: 'Azaylia's 2nd lot of medication this morning 9am.' 

On Friday, Ashley's partner Safiyya, 34, said their daughter has been 'struggling' to open her eyes due to swelling.   

Update: The Ex On The Beach star took to Instagram at 9am on Saturday morning where he showed seven syringes for his daughter (pictured), and said it was already her second lot of medication for the day

Information: Ashley filmed the syringes, designed to provide nutritional support for those unable to eat, lined up on Azaylia's high chair

The doting mum cradled her eight-month-old baby in her arms as she explained that they were going to put cold compresses on Azaylia's eyes in the hope it would help sooth the swelling.

Safiyya said in her video: 'Azaylia's got really, really swollen eyes today and we've been told by our community nurses to put some cold compresses on them and get them down again so she can open her eyes, bless her.' 

Azaylia's battle with leukaemia has touched the heart of the nation, with many stars donating to a fundraiser previously set up by Ashley to pay for treatment. 

Update: On Friday, Ashley's partner Safiyya, 34, said their daughter has been 'struggling' to open her eyes due to swelling

Poignant: X Factor's Scarlett Moffatt, who starred on the show in 2018, has recorded a cover song as a tribute to Ashley's daughter, affectionately nicknamed 'likkle lion'

And X Factor's Scarlett Moffatt, who starred on the show in 2018, has recorded a cover song as a tribute to Ashley's daughter, affectionately nicknamed 'likkle lion'.  

Uploading a picture of Azaylia, Scarlett, 23, wrote on Instagram: 'How Can Someone you have never met have such a impact on your life' Azaylia you are the reason, I haven’t stopped thinking and praying and crying and smiling because of you!

'Your beautiful little face lights up everyone’s world. @mrashleycain @miss_safiyya_ You Guys Need a medal, your strength and love for your daughter is outstanding I pray that god heals our little princess! You princess are the people’s princess❤️ please whoever reads this PRAY for a healing how can life be so cruel... 

She continued: 'I have been asked a ton of times to record a cover and of course I was going to.. it will be up tomorrow. Keep fighting champ you got this and you got a whole lot of us here fighting with you too..❤️ #azaliya #letsgochamp.' 

Azaylia was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia when she was just two months old. 

Family: Ashley and Safiyya have chronicled her battle on Instagram, while also raising awareness for the disease

Ashley and Safiyya have chronicled her battle on Instagram, while also raising awareness for the disease.

Last week, the couple were left devastated when doctors revealed there was no further treatment available amid her leukaemia battle following the discovery of multiple tumours in her body. 

Ashley said scans revealed Azaylia has tumours in her stomach, liver, spleen and kidneys, in addition to tumours in her brain. 

The couple had raised more than £1.5m to fund a trip to Singapore for life-saving transplant, but she was being treated in the UK during the interim. 

Devastating: Last week, the couple were left devastated when doctors revealed there was no further treatment available amid her leukaemia battle

But Ashley told his followers that because Azaylia's leukemia was so rare and aggressive, they could no longer fly to Singapore and instead would take her home from hospital to make her final days 'as fun as they can'.    

The television personality told fans: 'They found tumours in her stomach her spleen her kidneys, as well as the tumours in her brain, and the chemotherapy's not working.

'Her disease is that aggressive that nothing they are doing... Nothing's working.

'And then, to make it worse, the consultants got an email from Singapore, and because Azaylia's literally one in a trillion - she literally is she's so special, she's one in a trillion - but unfortunately so is her disease. In Singapore they can't create a CAR T for her leukaemia.

Holding back tears, the doting dad continued: 'So that means we're going back home. We're going back home and, we're gonna try and make our baby as comfortable as possible...

'And we're gonna have as much fun as we can with her as possible. And I thought that... 

'When you hear of all the other kids in the hospital they just wanna be at home, but Azaylia doesn't have a voice yet. I think if she had a voice, she'd want to be at home to. So we're gonna take her home.'

Ashley told fans that he forced himself and his partner to get up, get dressed, eat and clean up, adding: 'We're gonna smile, we're gonna be strong and we're gonna go out with honour.'

Poor baby: Doctors have found tumours in Azaylia's stomach, her spleen, her liver and her kidneys, in addition to tumours in her brain. And sadly, the chemotherapy isn't working

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Ashley Cain's daughter Azaylia 'struggles' to open eyes in brave leukaemia fight

Mirror Online 17 April, 2021 - 07:52pm

Ashley Cain and Safiyya Vorajee's baby daughter Azaylia is now struggling to open her eyes due to swelling caused by her leukaemia battle.

The eight-month-old tot has been fighting a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia since she was just two months old, and the heartbroken parents have recently been told there is no further treatment available.

Safiyya, 34, cradled Azaylia in her arms in an Instagram video and explained they were going to put cold compresses on her eyes along with turning down her feed to help ease fluid retention.

Safiyya said: "Azaylia's got really, really swollen eyes today and we've been told by our community nurses to put some cold compresses on them and get them down again so she can open her eyes, bless her."

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She added Azaylia was "really really struggling today", and later posted a touching photo of her napping with father Ashley, 30, who rose to fame when he starred on Ex on the Beach.

Ashley and Safiyya raised an incredible £1.5million to fund a trip to Singapore where they initially believed Azaylia could receive life-saving treatment.

But tragically, doctors discovered many more tumours in her body and said Azaylia may not have much time left, though she recently wowed her family when she ate for the first time in two weeks.

Earlier on in the week, Ashley and Safiyya rushed Azaylia to hospital overnight in an ambulance as her heart rate skyrocketed.

Ashley posted a video of Azaylia in the ambulance to Instagram to update followers. He captioned the posts: "Come on baby" and "I love you princess".

Safiyya also posted to the social media platform with a message saying: "Back in hospital tonight, Azaylia's heart rate was over 200.

"Currently waiting for her blood results to see if we can get her some antibiotics to treat any infections."

She posted another video of Azaylia being taking from the ambulance and said: "You are amazing baby. Mummy and daddy promised to give you our 100% from day 1 & we will keep to our word what ever you need we will do for you baby."

It followed Ashley's post the previous night saying they had to take her for another platelet transfusion after she had been crying tears of blood.

Many messages of love and support from celebrities and followers of the couple have been pouring in for the brave little girl whose mum hails her a "hero".

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Ashley Cain making every day count with brave Azaylia amid terminal diagnosis

Mirror Online 17 April, 2021 - 07:52pm

Ashley Cain said he was making every day count as he shared a tender moment with his brave baby daughter Azaylia.

The 30-year-old reality star and his partner Safiyya have continued to share updates as their eight-month-old daughter continues to surprise them despite the heartbreaking circumstances.

His latest update came after the couple revealed that Azaylia might have just days to live amid her brave cancer battle.

Taking to social media on Friday, the proud dad shared a collection of heartwarming pictures as he snoozed alongside his tot.

While he admitted that there hadn't been as much playtime recently, Ashley added that there had been plenty of snuggles instead.

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Azaylia has been struggling with a rare form of leukaemia throughout her short life, and her parents were recently delivered the heartbreaking news from medics that there was no further treatment available.

The couple has been able to take their baby daughter home where they have supported her while her condition continues to deteriorate.

Just one day ago, Ashley's partner also revealed that Azaylia had eaten for the first time in two weeks as they welcomed lots of family members to keep her company.

She also shared a collection of videos of her loved ones dancing with Azaylia in their arms in a touching moment.

Today Safiyya also explained to her followers that her daughter had been struggling to open her eyes and so they have been advised to use a cold compress to help Azaylia see better.

The family have been inundated with support from across the globe amid the heartbreaking circumstances.

Scott and Adam Thomas share touching tribute to Ashley Cain’s daughter Azaylia

OK! magazine 17 April, 2021 - 07:52pm

Love Island star Scott and his Emmerdale actor twin brother Adam, both 32, shared a clip of them playing a rendition of The Jungle Book’s I Wanna Be Like You on the piano.

The Disney song is a tune which Azaylia’s mum Safiyaa and dad Ashley, 30, regularly sing to their daughter as they say it is her favourite.

In the video Adam and Scott energetically play a white piano together in a musical session which they call ThomasBroFridays.

They appeared to be miming playing the instrument along to a piano rendition of the song before Scott says: “It’s too fast!”

Adam then stops tinkling the ivories before playing the original version of the song. The lads then begin singing and and dancing along to the Disney song in the clip, posted on Scott’s Instagram page.

During the trumpet section of the tune, Scott turns to the camera and says: “Azaylia, that is for you from the Thomas brothers. We can’t sing, we definitely can’t dance but we love you. Let’s go champ.”

Adam points to the camera before he says: “Keep fighting, let’s go baby girl.”

As Scott shared the energetic video to his Instagram, he posted an emotional message to Ashley, his partner Safiyya and their daughter Azaylia, who was rushed to hospital earlier this week after her heart rate spiked to more than 200.

It read: “There was no doubt in our minds that we had to dedicate our Thomas Bro Friday to the beautiful Azaylia.

“We have literally no words for what you guys are going through so I don’t want to pretend I can even contemplate how you feel.

“All I know as a family @mrashleycain @miss_safiyya_ you’re strength and love has inspired us as a family. I hope this can bring you a smile during this terribly difficult time.

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“Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Keep fighting and stay strong. Let’s Go Champ! Lots of love the Thomas Bros and Family” followed by a red heart and praying hands emoji.

Safiyya, who recently said her daughter has “brought happiness every single day”, then shared the clip on her Instagram story.

She said all the videos made for her family and Azaylia were “amazing” and thanked everyone for “keeping it 100 for the champ”.

Safiyya and Ashley’s daughter was sent home from hospital a week ago after doctors said there was no more they could do to help in her brave battle against a rare form of leukaemia.

Ashley Cain's daughter Azaylia is 'struggling' with swollen eyes

Daily Mail 16 April, 2021 - 07:03pm

By Roxy Simons and Ciara Farmer For Mailonline

Ashley Cain's girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee said that their daughter Azaylia has been 'struggling' to open her eyes due to swelling amid her leukaemia battle.   

Taking to Instagram on Friday, Safiyya, 34, cradled her eight-month-old in her arms as she explained that they were going to put cold compresses on Azaylia's eyes in the hope it would help sooth the swelling.

Safiyya said in her video: 'Azaylia's got really, really swollen eyes today and we've been told by our community nurses to put some cold compresses on them and get them down again so she can open her eyes, bless her.'

Update: Ashley Cain's girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee said that their daughter Azaylia has been 'struggling' to open her eyes due to swelling amid her leukaemia battle 

She went on to admit that her little one was 'really, really struggling today' because of the swelling to her eyes.

Safiyya also added alongside the video that they were told to turn down her feed to stop any fluid retention.

Later in the day, Safiyya shared a short video of her and Ashley spending time with Azaylia, with the latter resting his head on her cot as she tried to sleep.

Battle: Taking to Instagram on Friday, Safiyya, 34, cradled her eight-month-old in her arms as she explained that they were going to put cold compresses on Azaylia's eyes in the hope it would help sooth the swelling  

Struggle: Safiyya said in her video: 'Azaylia's got really, really swollen eyes today and we've been told by our community nurses to put some cold compresses on them and get them down again so she can open her eyes, bless her.'

Her posts come after Ashley shared sweet snaps cuddling with his daughter Azaylia in bed and said he feels 'truly blessed to have another day with you' amid her leukaemia battle.

The former Ex On The Beach star, 30, posted adorable new pictures with his eight-month-old as she took a nap beside him. 

Ashley said that although they can't have 'playtime right now' due to her illness they have been making up for it 'with lots of snuggles'. 

Family: Later in the day, Safiyya shared a short video of her and Ashley spending time with Azaylia, with the latter resting his head on her cot as she tried to sleep

Together: Safiyya's posts come after Ashley shared sweet snaps cuddling with Azaylia in bed and said he feels 'truly blessed to have another day with you' amid her leukaemia battle

Ashley and his girlfriend Safiyya have been chronicling her terminal leukaemia battle on social media since she was diagnosed aged just two months. 

He wrote beside the pictures: 'Morning - Don't count the days, make the days count.

'Truth be told, there's not so much playtime right now but we make up for it with naps and lots of snuggles. Pretty much anything that makes her the happiest and most settled.

'We have always been like two pees in a pod and wherever she is I'm not far away. I think that's where we both feel most comfortable. Truly blessed for another day with you baby, keep surprising us!' 

Cute: The former Ex On The Beach star, 30, took to Instagram on Friday to post adorable new snaps with his eight-month-old as she took a nap beside him

Heartfelt: Ashley said that although they can't have 'playtime right now' due to her illness they have been making up for it 'with lots of snuggles'

It comes after Azaylia delighted her parents on Thursday evening by eating her first proper food in a fortnight. 

Safiyya shared videos of the tot sitting on her lap while eating greens from her plate and revealed she had shared her food. 

She said: 'We have Azaylia's grandma here and she has just made some dinner for me and look who's eaten her greens? She has just had so much fun with my dinner and it's the first time she's eaten in about two weeks. She amazes me.'

Let's go champ: It comes after Azaylia delighted her parents on Thursday evening by eating her first proper food in a fortnight

Safiyya was bursting with pride in her latest slew of videos sharing her daughter's time at home after she was given days to live by doctors.  

Earlier in the day, Ashley was seen sweetly kissing his baby daughter's head as the strong family soaked up time together at home on Thursday.

In an adorable clip shared to Instagram, she was cradled by her doting mum while her proud dad stands nearby.

The little girl was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after her heart rate climbed to over 200 and she received a platelet transfusion.

Helping hand: Her gran was on hand to cook 

Her girl: Safiyya was bursting with pride in her latest slew of videos sharing her daughter's time at home after she was given days to live by doctors

Doting dad:  Earlier in the day, Ashley was seen sweetly kissing his baby daughter's head as the strong family soaked up time together at home on Thursday

Updating fans on Azaylia's condition on Thursday, Safiyya showed that the youngster was being treated to lots of cuddles from family members.

Safiyya held her daughter, who was clutching a colourful toy, in a quick video posted on stories while Ashley planted a sweet kiss on his only child's forehead.

Another clip showed Azaylia dancing with her aunty and Safiyaa saying that the lady was their 'family nurse' and had been 'amazing'.

Meanwhile, Ashley later took to his Instagram stories to thank his mum and sister for helping to care for their home whilst he and Safiyya have been at the hospital with Azaylia.

Loved ones: The eight-month-old was cradled by her mum

Daddy and daughter: The Ex On The Beach star soaked up the quality time with his baby girl

Sharing a snap of them holding Azalyia with crown emojis on their heads, Ashley penned: 'These two people have been here right from the start. Cooking food and washing clothes while we were in hospital, standing outside for hours everyday doing window visits while we were at home.

He went on to praise them for being a 'rock' for him and Safiyya, praising his 'incredible' relatives for their selflessness throughout Azaylia's illness.  

The update comes after it was revealed that Azaylia has been put on oxygen to help her sleep 'comfortably' after returning home from hospital. 

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday evening, Ashley's partner and Azaylia's mother Safiyya gave an update on their daughter after returning home.  

'My family, so proud': Ashley was also seen cradling his daughter while Safiyya kissed her head

Sharing a sweet video of herself holding a sleeping Azaylia in her arms, Safiyya admitted they had experienced an 'exhausting' night.

She said: 'Really really exhausting night last night. We didn't get much sleep at all, probably haven't had much sleep in the last few weeks. 

'As you can see, Azaylia is on oxygen at the moment. Her breathing is a little bit more intense. She is struggling a little bit so we're giving her oxygen just to help her sleep more comfortably. 

Making memories: Safiyya also shared a short video of Azaylia dancing with her aunty and Safiyaa saying that the lady was their 'family nurse' and had been 'amazing'

Thank you: Meanwhile, Ashley later took to his Instagram stories to thank his mum and sister for helping to care for their home whilst he and Safiyya have been at the hospital with Azaylia

'She's not had an uncomfortable day today, she's been very comfortable and quite sleepy. Hopefully later on she wakes up and we can have some playtime.'

Safiyya went on to share another sweet video of a sleeping Azaylia in her arms and added the caption: 'Quality time' followed by a heart emoji. 

It comes after Azaylia was nominated for a Pride Of Britain Award by thousands of supporters around the world. 

The little girl has been battling acute myeloid leukaemia since she was just two months and has garnered thousands of votes. 

Update: It comes after Safiyya revealed on Wednesday that Azaylia has been put on oxygen to help her sleep 'comfortably' after returning home from hospital amid her leukaemia battle

The Azaylia Diamond Cain Journey To Fight Acute Myeloid Leukaemia Facebook page, which has 136.9K member, saw traction rising to get the tot nominated for one of the prestigious awards to recognise her fight. 

After their Pride Of Britain votes began the couple revealed she had been discharged from hospital again. 

On the Facebook page for the tot, one of her followers penned: 'Get this little champ nominated!!', leading to masses of comments confirming fans had voted.   

The page has followed Azalyia's journey with huge support from many close to the family as well as strangers who have been helping the family.  

In what will no doubt be happy news for the family, on Wednesday Safiyya shared a video of Azalyia as they made their way home after another platelet transfusion.

The video showed Azaylia on a stretcher while playing with a teddy bear which had been gifted to her by a paramedic. 

Sweet: Safiyya later shared another photo with Azaylia and said: 'Thank you for today, and blessing me with my beautiful family' 

Before she was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night, the aesthetic practitioner wrote alongside the video: 'Back in hospital tonight, Azaylia's heart rate was over 200. 

'Currently waiting for her blood results to see if we can get her some antibiotics to treat any infections... 

'You are amazing baby. Mummy and daddy promised to give you our 100% from day 1 & we will keep to our word what ever you need we will do for you baby.' 

Clearly heartbroken, the couple took to Instagram to give the update alongside the videos showing paramedics tending to the tot in her third urgent hospital trip in the brief time she has been allowed to return home. 

Earlier in the evening, a special clap was held for Azaylia, with celebrities like Abbey Clancy, Marnie Simpson and Mrs Hinch leading the stars in taking part in the clap, which celebrated eight-month-old daughter amid her leukaemia battle. 

Vote for Azaylia: The baby girl has been nominated for a Pride Of Britain Award by thousands of supporters around the world (Azaylia pictured in a digital portrait by Roe-Parkin Creative) 

Let's go champ: On the Facebook page for the tot, one of her followers penned: 'Get this little champ nominated!!', leading to masses of comments confirming fans had voted

The couple were moved as strangers and celebrities showed their support for their little tot in the same way the public have done for the NHS during the Covid crisis. 

Safiyya took to Instagram to share a video after the clap, showing how many people had come out to clap for Azaylia. 

She told her followers: 'We've just done our 7 O'clock clap and wow our street was so loud wasn't it? You were singing really loud weren't ya? Wow! Everyone's come out, yea they have all for you baby girl, I love you.'

After they returned home, Safiyya went on: 'Wow here's the champ, everyone's still been singing for you, yea. Let's go champ, let's go!' 

Ashley also shared a post shortly before the clap was set to take place, as he gushed over being able to take his daughter for a walk outside for the first time. 

In a touching post, he wrote: 'Today was the first time in the 8 months of fatherhood that I've had the chance to walk down the street with my baby in my arms.  

Home: In what will no doubt be happy news for the family, on Wednesday Safiyya shared a video of Azalyia as they made their way home after another platelet transfusion

'No hospital, no isolation, no pram with a protective cover... Just me, and my baby, doing what a daddy and daughter should be able to do. 

'When I say this to you all I really mean it... Appreciate what you have, cherish every single moment and always be the best you that you can be for the ones you love.'

He added: 'I have been told today, there is an official doorstep clap that's been organised for Azaylia tonight at 7pm. 

'To this day, I am still amazed and overwhelmed at the amount of love and support for my beautiful daughter, and I am grateful for everyone who has arranged and will be taking part in tonight's clap, to show support for Azaylia and her journey.

'Despite what's going on, I truly feel blessed that I get to spend these days with the best thing that ever happened to me. They will stay with me in my heart forever!'  

Earlier in the day, Ashley revealed Azaylia had been rushed back to hospital after she began crying blood and in urgent need of a transfusion.  

Heartbreak: Azaylia was rushed to hospital on Tuesday night, just hours after celebrities and fans held a clap in her honour

Support: Abbey was joined by her husband Peter Crouch alongside three of their children, and in her video Abbey wrote '#GoChamp'

Touching: Stacey Solomon was unable to get home in time to take part, but she shared a picture of Ashley with Azaylia, and wrote: 'It's just the most unimaginable, heartbreaking thing'

Taking to Instagram, her mum Safiyya shared a video from within the hospital during which Ashley cradled the eight-month-old while she slept. 

Proving herself to be incredibly strong, Safiyya said to the camera: 'We've just gone back into hospital to get Azaylia another platelet transfusion because last night the tears started having blood in them, so we needed more platelets'.

She also shared an image of Azaylia's leg with a deep purple bruise as a result of the disruption of the body's platelet production, which causes bleeding under the skin. 

People with leukaemia are more likely to bruise due to the fact their bodies don't create enough platelets to plug bleeding blood vessels. 

Leukaemia bruises look like any other kind of bruise, but there are usually more of them than normal. Additionally, they may show up on unusual areas of the body.

Ashley cradled Azaylia in the heartbreaking clip, while they stood in the brightly-coloured hospital room and Safiyya held the camera and spoke.   

Staying positive: Ashley also shared a post shortly before the clap was set to take place, as he gushed over being able to take his daughter for a walk outside for the first time

Heartache: Earlier in the day, Ashley revealed Azaylia had been rushed back to hospital after she began crying blood and in urgent need of a transfusion

Bleeding: Safiyya also shared an image of Azaylia's leg with a deep purple bruise as a result of the disruption of the body's platelet production, which causes bleeding under the skin

It comes after Safiyya revealed she has planned a tattoo tribute to her daughter Azaylia, as the tot continues her fight against leukaemia. 

Taking to Instagram on Monday evening, she shared heartbreaking videos chronicling the family's tough evening before, after they demanded doctors carry out a platelet transfusion on the tot. 

After having casts made of their daughter's feet over the weekend, Safiyya revealed they had another cast-making session, during which she was given the imprints of Azaylia's feet in preparation for a tattoo tribute to the tot.  

Ashley later shared another post showing his daughter sleeping and wrote alongside: 'We fight and we pray for another day #letsgochamp'.  

The couple have been chronicling Azalyia's health woes on social media since she was diagnosed with leukaemia at just two months and has garnered worldwide support, including from Dwayne Johnson. 

In the same video in which she discussed her tattoo, Safiyya branded her daughter's pain 'torture' to look upon and then posted a video while singing Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's 1998 hit When You Believe. 

Heartbreak: It comes after Safiyya revealed she has planned a tattoo tribute to her daughter Azaylia, as the tot continues her fight against leukaemia

On her tattoo, she said: 'We did more castings yesterday to get some necklaces and some hand prints and foot prints...

'I started stressing in case I dropped it but the lady was so good and gave me a print that I can get as a tattoo so she'll always be with me and so close. So I decided to get the prints done and a tattoo of her hands and feet.'  

On their trip to hospital and her transfusion the previous day, she said: 'Azaylia was experiencing loads of nosebleeds due to the platelets in the body not being able to clot the blood so we went to hospital... 

'Unfortunately over the night she's still experiencing the bleeding. Just spoken to the community nurse and they're coming to check. Anything you're experiencing with your child, you know your child best. We thought it was right to get the transfusion...

'The NHS and the service they provide is amazing. Every morning I wake up is a blessing and I just feel so lucky to hold her there and for her to smile and to sing to and all our Jungle Book themed tunes... 

'She's so beautiful': After having casts made of their daughter's feet over the weekend, Safiyya revealed they had another cast-making session, during which she was given the imprints of Azaylia's feet in preparation for a tattoo tribute to the tot

'The amount of times we sing you wouldn't even know. You don't know how much I love her and it's absolutely heartbreaking and this feels like torture it's so hard and the support you've given us is amazing...

'It's so hard and painful but I'm gonna make every day as special and fun as possible for her. Make the most of everyday because tomorrow isn't promised to anyone.' 

She then shared a video of Ashley's sister Alissia dancing with Azaylia and another showing them snapping selfies together. 

Last week, doctors revealed there was no further treatment available amid her leukaemia battle following the discovery of multiple tumours in her body.  

The couple recently raised more than £1.5m to fund a trip to Singapore for life-saving transplant, but she was being treated in the UK during the interim. 

Sweetheart: Ashley said he has spent the first eight months of fatherhood under Covid-19 restrictions in hospital as his daughter fought the cancer

He later revealed that Azaylia can no longer fly to Singapore for treatment after discovering the tumours, and vowed to make her final days 'as fun as they can'. 

According to the NHS, it is a 'highly complex and potentially risky treatment' but has been shown in trials to cure some patients when other treatments have failed.   

Ashley said he has spent the first eight months of fatherhood under Covid-19 restrictions in hospital as his daughter fought the cancer.

Doctors told the TV star and his partner Safiyya that chemotherapy would not be enough to cure Azaylia. 

Last week, Ashley shared a heartbreaking video revealing he and Safiyya were bringing their little girl home to make her comfortable after learning doctors had found tumours throughout her body.

And as he faces up to the harrowing prognosis that his adorable child has just days to live, Ashley paid tribute to the brave youngster as he admitted: 'I don't know what I will do without you.' 

In the video, the doting dad was seen gently splashing the water around Azaylia as she looked up at her dad adoringly while sitting in a small tub on the hospital ward.

Captioning the footage, he wrote: Azaylia's last bath in hospital, before we take her home where she belongs. ❤️

'9 days ago consultants told us my daughter had 1-2 days to live, but thought she may pass that evening. Even with a barbaric disease consuming her blood, tumours in her brain and organs and amounts of pain I cannot imagine...

'She is still battling through 9 days later, with parts of the day with nothing but smiles despite her discomfort.

'This is a testament of this little girls strength and the fight she has possessed all of the way through. She has fought a battle that not many, if any, of us could have endured and she's earned the love and respect of many on the way... 

'The truth is though, I hope and pray that I have earned hers! Even through the hardest and saddest time of my life, she has found a way to make it better...

'She has shined light on the darkest of days and she has opened my heart to amounts of love I couldn't believe possible. 

'The truth is, I don't know what I will do without you. But for now, I find strength in giving you the best of me, and the only me that you deserve.

'You are in my arms, my thoughts, my prayers and my heart everyday my princess. YOU'RE MY HERO! ✊ DADDY LOVES YOU!' 

Fatigue and pale skin - this is because leukaemia can cause anaemia which makes a child feel weak, tired and light-headed.

Infections and fever - children with leukaemia lack normal white blood cells which would normally help fight infection.

Rash - children may have small, dark spots that look like common rashes if the leukemia cells spread to the skin   

Easy bruising or bleeding - this includes frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums and bleeding a lot from small cuts.

Bone or joint pain - this is caused by a build up of leukaemia cells near the surface of the bone or inside the joint.

Swelling of the abdomen - leukaemia cells may collect in the liver and spleen causing them to enlarge.

Loss of appetite and weight loss - if the spleen and liver swell, they can press against the stomach causing loss of appetite.

Swollen lymph nodes - some leukaemias spread to the lymph nodes causing them to swell.

Source: American Cancer Society 

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Ashley Cain's Girlfriend Says Their Daughter Azaylia Is 'Really Struggling' in Her Final Days

PEOPLE 16 April, 2021 - 04:31pm

In an Instagram Story post on Friday, Vorajee said that their daughter's eyelids have swollen shut amid her struggle with a rare form of leukemia.

"Azaylia's got really, really swollen eyes today, and we've been told by our community nurses to put some cold compresses on them ... so she can open her eyes," the mom said in a video, which showed Azaylia sleeping in her arms.

"She's really, really struggling today," Vorajee added of her child.

Last week, Vorajee and Cain — who welcomed Azaylia on Aug. 10 — revealed that doctors have given the child days to live after finding tumors in her head, stomach, spleen, lungs and kidneys.

Given that Azaylia could no longer undergo CAR T-cell therapy and her current chemotherapy "is not working," the parents decided to take the infant home from the hospital to "give her the best rest of her life that we can give her," Cain previously said on his Instagram.

Earlier this week, Azaylia was briefly rushed back to the hospital for emergency medical treatment in what the U.K. reality star called a "rollercoaster of emotions."

Amid Azaylia's health struggles, Cain and Vorajee have continually kept their spirits up for their daughter.

On Friday, Cain shared an inspirational post about Azaylia, writing on his Instagram, "Don't count the days, make the days count."

"Truth be told, there's not so much playtime right now but we make up for it with naps and lots of snuggles/ Pretty much anything that makes her the happiest and most settled," he continued, adding that "wherever she is I'm not far away."

"I think that's where we both feel most comfortable," Cain wrote. "Truly blessed for another day with you baby, keep surprising us!"

The Challenge's Ashley Cain's Daughter Is Still Fighting a Week After Being Given Days to Live

Yahoo Lifestyle 16 April, 2021 - 11:20am

The baby girl was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia at just 2 months old, and the little family has been on an emotional roller-coaster ride ever since. Last week, Cain shared an emotional video detailing Azaylia’s current condition and the dire prognosis they had just received from her team of doctors — she had days to live.

Her parents chose to take her home to make her comfortable and spend time as a family during Azaylia’s last days, though they’ve returned to the hospital a few times for emergency procedures like a platelet transfusion to help stop some bleeding.

Vorajee’s update showed a messy, food-covered Azaylia, holding on tight to a green bean. “Look who’s eating their greens!” Vorajee said in the video. “You’ve got broccoli in your eyes, in your nose, around your mouth. You’ve got pasta sauce all over your clothes, but look at what you kept hold of — your green bean!” Azaylia also has a feeding tube so parents and caregivers can provide nutrition when the baby isn’t eating well.

Cain and Vorajee have kept fans and followers updated throughout their heart-wrenching ordeal, sharing posts and updates frequently on their social media channels.

Cain and Vorajee have a close network of support, with family members stepping up to help the couple during this time. People around the world — us included — are sending well wishes and lifting up Azaylia and her parents.

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