Ashley Cain’s partner Safiyya Vorajee has revealed their seven-month-old daughter Azaylia is ‘in a lot of pain’ ahead of her potentially lifesaving treatment in Singapore.
The couple recently raised more than £1.5 million to fund the trip but she is still being treated in the UK during the interim.
Keeping her followers updated on their journey, Safiyya detailed the blood transfusion and surgery Azaylia underwent on Tuesday.
Upsetting: Ashley Cain’s partner Safiyya Vorajee has revealed their seven-month-old daughter Azaylia is ‘in a lot of pain’ ahead of her potentially lifesaving treatment in Singapore
Addressing her followers from the hospital, Safiyya explained: ‘We’ve got a heavy morning today, we are getting a bone marrow test done and then Azaylia needs 60ml of blood taken from her.
‘She needs to have a blood transfusion so that they can send the blood over to Singapore.
‘She’s very swollen this morning, she’s on lots of fluid as that keeps the leukaemia from sticking.’
Determined: Safiyaa and partner Ashley Cain recently raised more than £1.5 million to fund the trip but she is still being treated in the UK during the interim
Speaking about the emotional toll it has taken on her, Safiyya continued: ‘Watching your daughter being put to sleep, again, really pulls another level of heartstrings.
‘These days feel so long and tough, but you’d do anything for your child – you don’t care about how you are yourself.
‘So many people ask how are you feeling, and we have one destination and that is to get to Singapore and get through this.’
Update: Keeping her followers updated on their journey, Safiyya detailed the blood transfusion and surgery Azaylia underwent on Tuesday
Thankfully, the blood transfusion and operation went smoothly, with Safiyya later updating fans: ‘The procedures are all done and we are currently on a blood transfusion. Azaylia has recovered, she had to have blood taken from her.
’60ml can leave you very anemic and your blood pressure and heart rate can go anywhere while blood’s being taken from your body but luckily Azaylia was very stable.’
She then wrote: ‘What a tough day she’s had, bless her. She’s been in a lot of pain today.’
While Ashley shared a clip of his little girl captioned: ‘The amount this little girl has battled through today.’
Heartbreaking: Ashley later shared a clip of his little girl in hospital captioned, ‘The amount this little girl has battled through today’
It comes after Ashley revealed pharmaceutical companies are not releasing the life-saving drugs needed to beat his daughter Azaylia’s leukemia battle.
Ashley, whose baby girl is currently undergoing her fourth round of chemotherapy, took to Instagram on Sunday to admit he’s in ‘heavy talks’ with consultants and doctors in an attempt to change the businesses’ decision.
The reality star said: ‘We found out today that one of the essential drugs we need tomorrow to bring her leukemia counts down and get her into remission is not being released by the pharmaceutical companies.
‘Not only today have I been looking after Azaylia, but going through heavy talks with consultants, doctors and the companies themselves to try and get this essential drug that Azaylia needs.’
The media personality had asked fans for help in donating earlier in the weekend, explaining the treatment his daughter needs is only available in Singapore.
As of Wednesday, the total of his fundraiser for his seven-month-old’s treatment reached £1.5million, following donations from Love Island’s Molly-Mae Hague and Maura Higgins.
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.
Fighting for her: Azaylia was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia when she was just two months old and her parents have fought to save her life
Azaylia was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia when she was just two months old.
Ashley said he has spent the first seven 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.
What are the symptoms of leukaemia in children?
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