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Ashley Cain has revealed that he is flying to Singapore with daughter Azaylia because it is the “only option to save” their “beautiful little girl”.
The 30-year-old welcomed his seven-month-old daughter with girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee last August, with her horrifically battling cancer since birth.
Now, taking to his Instagram, Ashley has shared three emergency passport photos with his 771,000 followers of a smiling Azaylia, with a tube in her nose, in preparation for their trip that will cost in excess of £1million with "treatment and associated expenses".
And Ashley revealed that the family “may have to fly out in a matter of weeks” because the “aggressiveness” of the disease means that they “don’t have time on our side”.
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In an emotional post, Ashley penned: "These are some images we took for the emergency passport we’ve had to apply for, for Azaylia.
“After long discussions and a global outreach for treatment, our consultants along with consultants from around the world have come to the conclusion that the ONLY option to save Azaylia’s life is to fly to Singapore for CAR-T therapy plus a haplo transplant, for a minimum period of one year."
CAR-T therapy involves taking a specific immune cell, T cells, for a patient's blood. The cells are engineered in the lab to express a gene that codes for a specific receptor. This then binds to a protein on the cancer cells.
The cells are rein-fused into the blood and the immune system can now recognise and fight off the tumours.
Meanwhile, a haploidentical transplant uses healthy blood-forming cells to replace the unhealthy cells in a patient. It is used when there is not a close HLA match (human leukocyte antigen) so the haploidentical transplant matches exactly half of the HLA.
Ashley continued in his post: “Because of the aggressiveness of Azaylia’s disease, we don’t have time on our side and we may have to fly out within a matter of weeks.
“This treatment and associated expenses will be in excess of 1 million pounds with an initial deposit of £500,000 just to be accepted into the hospital and onto the program.
“Azaylia is such a strong little girl who has fought through every near impossible battle so far and she has done it all with love in her heart and a smile on her face!
“We pray that we can raise the funds to get her to Singapore so she can continue fighting for the life that she loves so much!"
He continued: “Azaylia has changed our lives, she has made our lives and she deserves the chance to live her own life.
“She is beautiful, she is strong, she is courageous and she glows with hope and happiness. Our hearts are intertwined and with one beat of her heart, our hearts beat along together. Please help our hearts continue to beat as one!
“We are on our knees asking for help to get us to Singapore. Even the smallest of donations can help us reach out goal!"
Ashley ended: “Please help us to save our beautiful daughter Azaylia, she has inspired not only us as her parents but so many other people around the world.
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“If you have been following our journey you can see that she shows us all everyday how much she loves life and wants to be here!
“Please save this post. Please share this post. And please help us to save our beautiful little girl!”
Azaylia recently underwent a bone marrow transplant and last week received test results to see if the procedure had worked, but Ashley shared the tragic news that it had been ineffective.
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