Ashley Cain had to fight back tears on Instagram last night as he said he is "broken" by the news of his baby daughter’s leukaemia relapse.
The former Tamworth footballer, 30, shared the heartbreaking update with fans.
His daughter Azaylia, who he shares with partner Safiyya, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia in October last year.
She’s just seven months old.
Ashley revealed that Azaylia’s bone marrow transplant was unsuccessful.
He said on his Instagram account: “I’m at home now, Saf’s doing the first night at hospital and I’m at home tonight, it’s crazy how lonely it feels here.
“I’m gutted, I’m heartbroken, I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it.
“Looking at her, she’s so strong, so full of life, developing so well, and despite all the odds… she’s got through every round of treatment so far,” he continued.
“It’s just she has this monster of a disease that’s proving difficult to get rid of. But in herself, she’s so good and so healthy.”
When she was first diagnosed, Ashley revealed on social media that his baby daughter was turned away by doctors three times before actually receiving a diagnosis.
The Ex on the Beach star said she had leukaemia in her “bone marrow […] her stomach, her lungs AND her kidneys.”
He encouraged other parents to “pursue” anything they think isn’t right with their own children.
“Thank GOD we took things into our own hands because if we didn’t we could still be at home now thinking our little baby girl is constipated with a cold!” he wrote on Instagram at the time.
Ashley, also known for his stint on MTV’s The Challenge, added in last night’s clip: “I just want to do everything in my power to give her the chance she deserves, so I’m hoping and praying this clinic accepts her tomorrow.
“So we can get over there and get her the chance she needs to live.”
He continued: “I don’t really know where my head’s at at the minute, it’s hard to comprehend what’s going on.
“I need a good night’s rest and to get this news I am just praying for again tomorrow, and we can just power through and do what it takes to get our beautiful little girl the chance she deserves.”
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The star also posted an adorable photo of Azaylia wearing a pink knitted hat yesterday, with the caption: “Today has been one of the most difficult days of my life. I feel like my heart is being torn to pieces.
“But as I’m staring over at my little baby girl in her cot from my hospital bed, I see hope.”
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