ASHLEY Cain praised his sick daughter for 'smiling everyday' as she battles leukaemia.
The former footballer's baby daughter Azaylia underwent a stem cell transplant 10 days ago after her leukaemia had returned.
He told The Sun that four-month old is at high risk of complications and that the transplant has likely a lower success outcome after her leukaemia returned.
But he has since opened up about how the tot is doing after the transplant, admitting Azaylia was in a lot of pain.
Taking to Instagram to share some adorable pictures of his smiling daughter, Ashley let his fans know how was she was going.
He captioned the series of pics: "It has now been 10 days since Azaylia’s Stem Cell transplant and she still gives Daddy bright eyes and big smiles everyday despite her pain to help me through my worries. ❤️"
"She is going through quite some pain at the moment and has ran into a few side effects over the last 10 days.
Ashley added: "But, she is doing well and her love for life seems to outshine any trouble she is going through. She is a remarkable little girl and her strength fuels my soul every single day! 💯✊🏾
"LETS GO CHAMP! I BELIVE IN YOU! 💯✊🏾👶🏼🦁❤️🙏🏾"
His fans rushed to send words of encouragement to him, Azaylia and his partner, Safiyya Vorajee.
"Keep going champs," wrote model, Brandon Myers.
MMA fighter Kane Mousah wrote: "She’s Amazing Brother She’s Has Got This 💯❤️❤️ LETS GO CHAMP !!! ❤️❤️"
Another Instagram user wrote: "What an inspirational little baby girl you have ! Strongest human I’ve known yet … just an inspiring family all in all."
Azaylia had undergone a second round of chemotherapy to clear the cancer ahead of the stem cell transplant.
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."
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 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!
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