Ashley Cain’s daughter to get stem cell transplant tomorrow but is warned success is unlikely as tot’s leukaemia returns

ASHLEY Cain’s daughter will undergo a stem cell transplant tomorrow after a cord donor was found to be a match for the tot.

However the TV star and his partner Safiyya Vorajee have been warned that the four-month old is at high risk of complications and that the transplant has likely a lower success outcome after her leukaemia returned.

Azaylia had undergone a second round of chemotherapy to clear the cancer ahead of the operation.

However doctors informed the couple that despite their best efforts, the leukaemia had returned quickly.

Azaylia, who is battling the rarest form of the disease, will undergo the transplant tomorrow at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Speaking to The Sun, Ashley, 30, explained: “All we wanted for Christmas was a match for our daughter. We have been told that we have found a match for our daughter. It is amazing. We have had our routes of ups and downs and this is the next stage. 

“However, Azaylia had a second round of chemotherapy which is intended to blast her body and clear the leukaemia, ready for the transplant.

“But after recent tests and a meeting with the transplant team, we were informed Azaylia’s leukaemia has returned already. This is an indication of how aggressive her leukaemia is and indicates how important this transplant will be.”

Ashley and Safiyya have been staying at in the Holiday Inn at Snow Hill, next to the hospital, to be close to Azaylia at all times.

Speaking ahead of the transplant, Ashley said the news Azaylia’s leukaemia had returned was hard to comprehend.

He said: “It came as a massive blow to us and brought us to our knees. It means she will have to go into transplant with Leukaemia which is not ideal at all.

“We were told that because of her age and the aggressiveness of her leukaemia she is in the high risk category for transplant complications and the poor risk category for transplant success.

“This news was incredibly hard to hear and has made every day even more difficult to face since.”

Ashley and Safiyya are remaining positive however and believe Azaylia has the strength to fight.

Ashley said: “We’re remaining strong and positive for our daughter, she has got 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 is a warrior and she will do this and we will be by her side every step of the way! 

“We go into transplant tomorrow and will take four to nine months. We have been told that it’s going to be tough, she will be very poorly and it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

“All donors are anonymous so we will never find out who donated and where they are from.

“But the special thing for me is, it could be a previous donor or a new donor, but for everyone who came together – you have helped to save my daughter’s life.”

If you want to help, you can join the stem cell register here.

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