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Ashley Cain admits ‘crazy belief’ Azaylia will stay with them as he shares pain at her ‘pending fate’ after ‘tough day’

ASHLEY Cain has admitted that he has a "crazy belief" baby Azaylia will stay with them for weeks as he shared his pain at her "pending fate" after a "tough day".

At the end of last month, the 30-year-old star and his girlfriend Safiyya were told the heartbreaking news that their eight-month-old daughter's leukaemia can no longer be treated.

They took their little girl home having been told that she could just have "days left to live", and Ashley has now said "we aren't counting the days, we're making the days count" in an emotional Instagram statement.

Taking to his social media page late this evening, the devoted dad wrote: "We had another very tough day today.

"To be honest, every single day is a very tough day. We don't take Azaylia out of our sight for a single second at the moment, caring for her every need.

"Today was the first time for days that she has been able to open her eyes. The swelling and the blood in her tears is causing her pain and forcing them to stick and shut.

"But with relentless care and improvisation we've managed to help her see the world again. Even though she doesn't have much energy, she loved to see her surroundings today and had the loveliest little play time.

"We even got a smile, which was worth more than anything money can buy. As a parent, it's the hardest thing in the world to see your child like this, at home with the painful, inevitable fate pending.

"For some insane reason though, I still have some crazy belief that she will still be with us next week, the week after that, and the week after that.

"But we aren't counting the days right now, we're just doing our best to make those days count."

Earlier today, Ashley said that he was "counting his blessings" when Azaylia finally managed to open her eyes - sharing an adorable video of himself gazing adoringly at his little girl.

Yesterday, Safiyya explained that the swelling was due to Azaylia's kidneys "finding it difficult" to drain fluid - with fluid retention forcing her eyes closed.

Safiyya and Ashley welcomed Azaylia in August of last year, but were left devastated just eight weeks later when they were told that she has leukaemia.

They have documented much of her fight on their Instagram pages, and told how they hope to make their little girl's time with them as full of fun, love, and happiness as possible.

Earlier this week, Safiyya revealed that "struggling" Azaylia is now on oxygen at home after she was rushed to hospital again.

She previously told how Azaylia has lost movement in half of her face due to tumours on her brain.

Last month, Ashley and Safiyya raised over £1 million to take Azaylia to Singapore in a last-ditch attempt to save her life - but were left devastated when they were told the specialists in the country could not help.

Ashley Cain counts his blessing as baby Azaylia finally opens her eyes

Doctors in the UK then discovered tumours throughout Azaylia's body, including her brain and spleen, and delivered the heartbreaking news that they'd run out of options to treat her.

The brave parents have now taken their little girl home from hospital, but still have regular trips back into A&E to keep Azaylia comfortable, with the eight month old having blood transfusions after crying blood, and bleeding from her nose.

Safiyya has also revealed purple bruises all over Azaylia's body as the leukaemia prevents her blood from clotting.

Through her brave fight, Azaylia has won the hearts of the nation, and has been nominated for a Pride of Britain award - with people across the UK also taking to their doorsteps to "Clap for Azaylia" earlier this week.

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