Ashley Cain recalled the terrifying moment his daughter Azaylia stopped breathing and had a seizures amid her leukaemia battle.
The brave father, 30, revealed the eight-month-old’s temperature spiked shortly after a hospital trip, before happening again when they reached home – causing a nursing team to monitor her until 1am.
Ex On The Beach star Ashley admitted ‘there’s a lot you don’t see’ as he detailed the recent ordeal in an Instagram clip on Thursday during a 5k run after feeling ‘pain, stress and depression.
‘There’s a lot you don’t see’: Ashley Cain recalled the terrifying moment his daughter Azaylia stopped breathing and had a seizures amid her leukaemia battle on Thursday
The former footballer explained: ‘Yesterday we got into hospital, got our platelets done and managed to sort her NG tube out, thankfully.
‘Then just as we were getting back into the car she had a spike in temperature and a seizure, her eyes were rolling, she was hot, she wasn’t breathing.
‘We had to get her on the oxygen straight away – she settled then when we got home it happened again and we ended up having a nurse from the palliative care team at our house until 1am.’
On how Azaylia’s condition is affecting his mental health, the media personality went on: ‘It’s difficult, man – there’s a lot you don’t see, there’s a lot you wouldn’t want to see.
‘It’s difficult, man’: The brave father, 30, revealed the eight-month-old’s temperature spiked shortly after a hospital trip, before happening again when they reached home
Heartbreaking: Ex On The Beach star Ashley detailed the recent ordeal in an Instagram clip during a 5k run after feeling ‘pain, stress and depression
‘It’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no breaks, but it’s all worth it because guess what? She woke up again this morning. All the hard work we’re putting in now, it’s worth it in the end to get that little smile, her eyes opening – it’s amazing.
‘It’s been months, but the last few days especially I’ve woken up feeling pain, stress, depression, that’s been consuming my mind as well as my body – stopping me from doing the things that were second nature to me, and I don’t like it.’
The TV star added that his little one’s resilience is keeping him going as he added: ‘I’m going to get up, get out, and get at it – getting out today in the hope that when I walk back in my house, I’m going to be the best me that I can be for my daughter.
‘I can give her the energy, commitment, and positivity, and I can help carry this ship to where it’s gonna be. Let’s go champ, we’re still in the game.’
On Wednesday, Ashley revealed Azaylia had returned to hospital again after being unable to feed through her tube.
The sportsman uploaded a clip of himself explaining that she needs a platelet transfusion, admitting: ‘There is no easy day on this journey’.
Later into the day, his girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 34, said the couple were feeling ‘happier’ after the tot received the procedure.
‘There is no easy day on this journey’: On Wednesday, the sportsman revealed Azaylia had returned to hospital again after being unable to feed through her tube
He said: ‘So we’ve had to come back to hospital. What we’re testing is Azaylia’s tube, her NG tube. It’s not coming back with the correct PH.
‘That means that we can’t feed her down the tube, we can’t put medication down the tube. So that means that we’ve got a problem.
‘Also, they can’t just fit another tube because of her platelet level being so low and her tumours, they don’t want her to catch anything on the way down and cause her to bleed out.
‘So we’re about to come into hospital for an X-Ray now to check if the tube’s in the right place and if it’s not a clear passage for the new tube because it’s urgent that she gets her food and medication. There is no easy day on this journey, trust me.’
Safiyya added in a separate video: ‘Feeling happy now, Azaylia has had a platelet transfusion so all good.’ (sic)
Emotional: The sportsman uploaded a clip of himself explaining that she needs a platelet transfusion
Success: Later into the day, his girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee, 34, said the couple were feeling ‘happier’ after the tot received the procedure
Ashley recently gushed he is ‘so grateful for another day’ with his leukaemia-stricken daughter as he continues to chronicle her fight on social media.
The doting dad shared a touching video showing the eight-month-old asleep on his bed, before her mum posted a series of clips, including a shot where she had fallen asleep with a green bean in hand.
After detailing her baby’s struggles with eating, it seemed Safiyya was happy to see her with the food in hand in the latest of their regular updates.
His love: Ashley recently gushed he is ‘so grateful for another day’ with his leukaemia-stricken daughter as he continues to chronicle her fight on social media
The new videos come hours after Azaylia returned to hospital for another platelet transfusion, which Ashley explained were to help stop his little girl from ‘bleeding out’ by aiding blood clotting in her body.
While on the way to hospital, Ashley shared a clip of Azaylia in her car seat and explained while she is no longer under hospital care they will still offer transfusions.
He wrote: ‘On the way to hospital to get Azaylia’s platlet transfusion. The hospital aren’t treating Azaylia anymore, but we’re able to go in to get a platelet transfusion to help her blood clot and prevent internal bleeding.’
Safiyya also shared a similar update on her Instagram Stories before leaving for the hospital visit.
‘Oh she’s so beautiful’: After detailing her baby’s struggles with eating, it seemed Safiyya was happy to see her with the food in hand in the latest of their regular updates
Update: The new videos come hours after Azaylia returned to hospital for another platelet transfusion to help stop his little girl from ‘bleeding out’ by aiding blood clotting in her body
Hours earlier, Ashley revealed he is ‘constantly’ applying cold compresses to his daughter Azaylia’s eyes to help reduce her pain.
He took to Instagram on Monday to share a video of the tot and detailed his desperation to ensure she can open her eyes and see the world.
Ashley later told his followers he was taking Azaylia back to hospital for another platelet transfusion, which helps her blood to clot and prevents internal bleeding.
He penned: ‘Cold compressing constantly to reduce the discomfort and swelling around her eyes. Every second of the hours on hours of doing this is worth it when she opens her eyes even for a few minutes.’
Talking: Safiyya also shared a similar update on her Instagram Stories as she reveals it will stop her daughter from ‘bleeding out’
Soothing: Ashley revealed he is ‘constantly’ applying cold compresses to his daughter Azaylia’s eyes to help reduce her pain
On Tuesday, Ashley also shared pictures of the moment Azaylia met her cousin Anaya – as the two baby girls sweetly touched hands in the snaps.
Alongside the images, Ashley wrote: ‘One special moment at a time. When Azaylia finally got to see her cousin Anaya without a pane of glass between them, it melted my heart.
‘The two little princesses were born only 6 days apart and when they touched hands for the first time, it sent immense amounts of emotion through my body. It made me so happy with sorrowful tears.
‘We take each day at a time on this journey. So it’s important to enjoy today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t promised. Another day baby… Another day! LETS GO CHAMP! I ❤️ YOU.’
Special memories: On Tuesday, Ashley also shared a picture of the moment Azaylia met her cousin Anaya
Ashley and Safiyya have been documenting Azaylia’s leukaemia battle since she was diagnosed at just two months and have garnered worldwide support amid news of her terminal illness.
Last week, Ashley explained that Azaylia’s eyes have been fraught with trauma as she was rushed to hospital when she began crying blood and now cold compresses are what is helping soothe the swelling and discomfort.
He penned: ‘We’ve had another very tough day today. To be honest every single day is a very tough day. We don’t take Azaylia out of our sight for a single second at the moment, caring for her every need.
‘Today was the first time for days that she has been able to open her eyes. The swelling and the blood in her tears is causing her pain and forcing them to stick and shut.
‘But with relentless care and improvisation we’ve managed to help her see the world again. Even though she doesn’t have much energy, she loved to see her surroundings today and had the loveliest little playtime.
‘We even got a smile which was worth more than anything money can buy. As a parent it’s the hardest thing in the world to see your child like this, at home, with the painful inevitable fate pending.
‘For some insane reason though I still have some crazy belief she will still be with us next week, the week after that and the week after that. But we aren’t counting the days right now, we’re just doing our best to make the days count.’
Fighting on: Ashley recently shared his ‘crazy belief’ that Azaylia will still be with him weeks from now
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
Sweet: 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
The TV personality recently 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, Ashley took to Instagram to express his gratitude.
He 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.
Great idea: Ashley and his partner Safiyya have set up a pod in their garden so that they can stargaze with Azaylia
Touched: Moved by the gesture, the TV 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
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.’
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