Ashley Cain rushes Azaylia to hospital for life-saving transfusion
Ashley Cain rushed his leukemia-stricken daughter Azaylia to hospital on Sunday evening after she began bleeding profusely.
The Ex On The Beach star, 30, took to Instagram to reveal he was forced to take Azaylia, eight months, for an emergency platelet transfusion as her illness has 'eaten away parts that clot the blood' and would cause internal bleeding.
He said: 'That's no way for her to go. She's been so happy today so we knew we needed a platelet transfusion and that will preserve us for another day or two days and three days and every day is a blessing'.
Ashley, who has Azalyia with girlfriend Safiyya Voraje, 34, has been chronicling Azalyia's health woes on social media since she was diagnosed at just two months and has garnered worldwide support, including from Dwayne Johnson.
Ashley filmed the video in the back of a car, as he detailed what had happened over night and revealed he forced the doctors to do the transfusion.
He said: 'On our way back from hospital now, we rushed Azaylia in tonight. On oxygen because she'd been bleeding from the nose because she has tumours on her brain as well as her body...
'Because of her blood cancer it eats away at the parts that clot the blood so the lack of platelets means she can bleed from the inside and that's why her nose is bleeding and that's no way for her to go...
'She's been so happy today so we knew we needed a platelet transfusion and that will preserve us for another day or two days and three days and every day is a blessing. Let's go champ.'
Ashley then reached out to parents in similar situations, urging them to educate themselves on what their children are going through.
He went on: 'For all parents in this situation just make sure you know your stuff when they've been discharged the doctor will not perform any more procedures so we knew that she needed the platelet transfusion we weren't asking for bloods to be taken because they wont do bloods...
'So we knew that she needed the platelet transfusion and rang up and demanded as we knew she needed the transfusion to help clot her blood and stop her bleeding out...
'By taking charge of your child's care and not leaving it to anyone else you know certain things that preserve your child's life and give them another day or two days because every moment is precious and i want every parent going through this to know that'.
Safiyya also detailed the night spent in hospital, as she shared a picture of the tot and penned: 'Last night we took Azaylia to the hospital for an emergency platelet transfusion as the leukaemia caused profused bleeding.
'Azaylia had a 30min transfusion, but this didn’t stop the bleeding over night, I put her on her observation machine so I could keep an eye on her oxygen & heart rate levels for reassurance.
'I have the privilege to wake up this morning and watch her open her eyes and play this is precious. Tomorrow isnt promised to anyone, waking up today is the blessing itself'.
Over the weekend, Safiyya shared a heartwarming video showing the family eating together, with Azaylia tucking into strawberries while her parents looked on.
Last week, doctors revealed there was no further treatment available amid her leukaemia battle following the discovery of multiple tumours in her body.
The media personality and his partner Safiyya recently raised more than £1.5 million to fund a trip to Singapore for potentially life-saving transplant, but she was being treated in the UK during the interim.
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'.
Ashley penned a detailed account of Azaylia's health battle on his GoFundMe page and said that any extra funds the couple receive will be donated to other families in a similar situation to them.
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! ❤️'
Reference: Ciara Farmer For Mailonline
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