Ashley Cain shares devastating update about his baby's leukaemia battle

Julia Hunt
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Ashley Cain (PA)
Ashley Cain (PA)

Ashley Cain has shared a devastating update on his baby girl’s fight with leukaemia, saying he is taking her home after doctors said she may only have days to live.

Baby Azaylia was diagnosed with cancer in October 2020 when she was just two months old, and has undergone months of treatment.

But in an emotional video message on Instagram, former footballer Cain said “nothing is working” and that he and his partner Safiyya Vorajee are taking their daughter home “to give her the best rest of her life that we can give her”.

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“We are going to have fun, we are going to smile and we are going to be strong - we are going to go out with honour,” he said.

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The 10-minute video clip shows Cain walking to the hospital to get Azaylia.

Updating his followers, he said: “So last week we had the bone marrow test and the lumbar puncture and bloods taken to send to Singapore in the hope that they could create a CAR-T therapy to save Azaylia’s life. Then we had to have a CT scan on Azaylia’s head. The results came back the next day to say she’s got two very big leukaemia tumours on her brain.

"They also said that the chemotherapy that is usually given to treat leukaemia in the spine or on the brain will not be available because she has too much pressure with these tumours. If they even tried to go through the spinal tap it would kill her. 

"At that point obviously our world came down."

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Cain said the consultant told them Azaylia could only have one or two days to live so the couple took her home.

After making it through the next two nights, the Ex On The Beach star had hope that they could get to Singapore for treatment after all.

But after a further scan, tumours were found in the baby’s stomach, spleen, lungs and kidneys.

“Her disease is that aggressive that nothing that they are doing... nothing is working,” Cain said. “And then to make it worse, consultants got an email from Singapore and because Azaylia is one in a trillion – she literally is, she’s so special – but unfortunately so is her disease, so in Singapore they can’t create the CAR-T for her leukaemia.”

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He went on: “So that means that we are going back home.

“We are going back home and we are going to try and make our baby as comfortable as possible and we are going to have as much fun as we can with her, as possible.”

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The star said when he listens to the other children in the hospital, they just want to be at home.

“Azaylia hasn’t got a voice yet but I think if she had a voice she’d want to be at home too,” he said.

Talking about all the treatment his daughter has been through, Cain said she’d had a “tough life”.

His voice breaking, he said: “I feel like for the last part of her life I just want to take her home, treat her like a baby and give her the best rest of her life that we can give her.”

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