EOTB's Ashley Cain confirms a stem cell donor has been found for his baby daughter Azaylia amid her leukaemia battle - but reveals her cancer has returned following chemotherapy
Ashley Cain has confirmed that a donor has been found for his daughter Azaylia's stem cell transplant amid her battle with leukaemia.
The Ex On the Beach star, 29, said he was devastated to learn his five-month-old, whom he shares with Safiyya Vorajee, is at a higher risk of complications going into the transplant after her cancer returned, following two rounds of chemotherapy.
He revealed Azaylia is set to begin her transplant procedure on Monday while she continues to battle the 'highly aggressive' form of leukaemia.
Ashley shared a series of snaps and a video of his adorable daughter on social media, and wrote: 'We have finally found a donor for our beautiful little girl! ❤️
'It’s hard to put into words how grateful we’re are for everyone that’s supported, shared and registered to be a donor to help save Azaylia’s life. Thank you to EVERYONE! It’s truly overwhelming! ✊'
The father-of-one went on to explain how her cancer could affect the success of her forthcoming transplant.
He continued: 'However, after Azaylia’s second round of chemotherapy, we were informed that Azaylia had relapsed and her leukemia had returned. Which highlights how aggressive her cancer is and shows how crucial this transplant will be.
'It also means she will have to go into transplant with Leukaemia, which is far from what we wanted. We were also told that because of her age and the aggressiveness of her cancer, she is in the high risk category for transplant complications and the poor risk category for transplant success.
'Hearing that news was absolutely devastating and has made everyday 10x harder for us and hurt even more than it already did!'
'Despite the risks of the upcoming procedure, Ashley said he was focusing on the positives and staying strong.'
He added: 'We go into transplant tomorrow for 4 to 9 months and have been told that it’s going to be incredibly tough, that she is going to be very very poorly and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better!
'But we’re however doing our best to remain strong and positive for our daughter. She made it past the first stage of treatment against the odds and we truly believe that she will do the same this time around!
'She is a fighter, she will do this and we will be by her side every step of the way! ✊❤️ LETS GO CHAMP!Please keep my beautiful daughter in your prayers.' (sic)
The post comes after Ashley revealed 80,000 people became stem cell donors 48 hours after he appealed for the public's help amid his daughter's health battle.
Saying that he was 'forever grateful' to the members of the public who had ordered test kits to be added to the stem cell register, Ashley claimed the charities usually get 30-40,000 people registering in a single year.
Ashley, who made his appeal to find a donor on social media, said he thought it was 'beautiful' how people could come together for a good cause in spite of negativity that is often prevalent online.
Reflecting on Azaylia's health battle, he explained that when they discovered she was diagnosed with leukaemia she had a soaring white cell count of 200, and also had tumours on her lungs, kidneys, and stomach.
He revealed that a normal person's white cell count is five, while adults who are suffering from the blood cancer tend to have a white cell count of 40, so it was alarming that Azalyia's was so high.
Ashley explained that being told the news left him a 'broken man', and he claimed it was an 'absolute miracle' that she has been able to fight the cancer.