‘Then she’ll always be with me’: Ashley Cain’s girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee plans tattoo tribute to leukemia-stricken daughter Azaylia while he vows to ‘fight and pray for another day’
- After having casts made of their daughter’s feet over the weekend, Safiyya revealed they had another cast-making session
- She took more imprints of Azaylia’s feet in preparation for a tattoo tribute
- On Sunday night, the family were forced to rush Azaylia to hospital for an emergency blood transfusion due to her profuse bleeding
- Azalyia, eight months, was diagnosed when she was just two months old
- Last week, doctors revealed there was no further treatment available amid her leukaemia battle following the discovery of multiple tumours in her body
- The couple recently raised more than £1.5m to fund a trip to Singapore for a life-saving transplant, but she was being treated in the UK during the interim
- After the discovery of the new tumours however, it was revealed there was nothing more doctors could do and the Singapore treatment could not go ahead
Ashley Cain’s girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee has planned a tattoo tribute to her daughter Azaylia, as the tot continues her fight against leukemia.
Taking to Instagram on Monday evening, the aesthetic practitioner, 34, shared heartbreaking videos chronicling the family’s tough evening before, after they demanded doctors carry out a platelet transfusion on the eight-month-old.
After having casts made of their daughter’s feet over the weekend, Safiyya revealed they had another cast-making session, during which she was given the imprints of Azaylia’s feet in preparation for a tattoo tribute to the tot.
Ashley, 30, later shared another post showing his daughter sleeping and wrote alongside: ‘We fight and we pray for another day #letsgochamp’.
The couple have been chronicling Azalyia’s health woes on social media since she was diagnosed with leukemia at just two months and has garnered worldwide support, including from Dwayne Johnson.
In the same video in which she discussed her tattoo, Safiyya branded her daughter’s pain ‘torture’ to look upon and then posted a video while singing Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s 1998 hit When You Believe.
On her tattoo, she said: ‘We did more castings yesterday to get some necklaces and some hand prints and foot prints…
‘I started stressing in case I dropped it but the lady was so good and gave me a print that I can get as a tattoo so she’ll always be with me and so close. So I decided to get the prints done and a tattoo of her hands and feet.’
On their trip to hospital and her transfusion the previous day, she said: ‘Azaylia was experiencing loads of nosebleeds due to the platelets in the body not being able to clot the blood so we went to hospital…
‘Unfortunately over the night she’s still experiencing the bleeding. Just spoken to the community nurse and they’re coming to check. Anything you’re experiencing with your child, you know your child best. We thought it was right to get the transfusion…
‘The NHS and the service they provide is amazing. Every morning I wake up is a blessing and I just feel so lucky to hold her there and for her to smile and to sing to and all our Jungle Book themed tunes…
‘The amount of times we sing you wouldn’t even know. You don’t know how much I love her and it’s absolutely heartbreaking and this feels like torture it’s so hard and the support you’ve given us is amazing…
‘It’s so hard and painful but I’m gonna make every day as special and fun as possible for her. Make the most of everyday because tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone.’
She then shared a video of Ashley’s sister Alissia dancing with Azaylia and another showing them snapping selfies together.
Last week, doctors revealed there was no further treatment available amid her leukaemia battle following the discovery of multiple tumours in her body.
The couple recently raised more than £1.5m to fund a trip to Singapore for 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!’
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.