Reality TV star and former footballer Ashley Cain has announced that his seriously ill daughter has returned home after being rushed to hospital for a blood transfusion.
Azalyia, who turned eight months old on Saturday (10 April), has a rare form of leukaemia, as well as tumours on her brain and other organs, and was given just one or two days to live almost two weeks ago.
‘Every day is a blessing’
Azalyia was diagnosed with leukaemia at just eight weeks old and has been through several rounds of chemotherapy, and has spent much of her life in hospital.
She was rushed to hospital on Sunday (11 April) night for a blood transfusion after she began to bleed from her nose.
Her parents have now been told that they are now out of options for treating her illness, but it is hoped that the transfusion could give her an extra few days to live.
Speaking in a video posted on Instagram on the car journey home from the hospital, Cain explained: "We rushed Azaylia in tonight on oxygen because she'd been bleeding out from the nose.
"Because of her blood cancer it means it eats away at the cells that help to clot the blood, so with the tumours, plus the lack of platelets in her body, that means she could bleed out from the inside and that's no way for Azaylia to go.
"If that can preserve us for one day, two days, three days, every day's a blessing. Let's go, champ."
‘The best eight months’
The eight-month-old has been given “just days to live”, and her parents have made the decision to take her home to allow her to spend her final hours in comfort.
In an emotional post on Instagram, Cain said he wants to give her “the best rest of her life” that he can.
He later updated his social media followers with a picture of his daughter ready to leave the hospital, writing: “Yesterday Azaylia returned home from hospital like the fearless little lioness that she is.
“Today is her 8th month birthday! Happy 8 months baby! I honestly thought @therock was my hero until I spent the last 8 months with you.
“You taught me how to be strong when I needed strength, you taught me how to smile when I am feeling sad, you taught me how to cherish every single moment - as these moments are all we have.
“You’ve been tenacious, fearless, courageous, positive, happy and loving through times which I thought would make it impossible!
“You’ve given me the best 8 months of my life through the toughest of times. MY HERO. I LOVE YOU.”
More than £1m raised
The couple have raised more than £1 million through their Go Fund Me page to get their daughter specialist treatment in Singapore.
However, the pair have sadly revealed the clinic was unable to prepare suitable treatment as Azalyia’s case was too “complex”.
Cain and his partner Safiyya Vorajee have said they will be donating extra money to other children and their families that are in the same situation, and thanked everyone who has shown their support so far.