At the end of last month, the 30-year-old star and his girlfriend Safiyya learned the heartbreaking news that their eight-month-old daughter’s leukemia could no longer be treated.
They brought their baby girl home after hearing she might just have “days to live”, and Ashley has now said “we don’t count the days, we make the days count” in a moving statement on Instagram.
Addressing his social media page late tonight, the devoted dad wrote: “We had another very difficult day today.
“To be honest, every day is a very difficult day. We don’t take Azaylia out of sight for a second yet, taking care of all of her needs.
“Today was the first time in days that she could open her eyes. The swelling and blood in her tears cause pain and force them to close and close.
“But with relentless care and improvisation, we were able to help him see the world again. Even though she doesn’t have a lot of energy, she loved seeing her surroundings today and had the nicest little playtime.
“We even had a smile, which was worth more than anything money can buy. As a parent, it is the hardest thing in the world to see your child like this, at home with the painful and inevitable fate awaiting.
“For some crazy reason though, I still have a crazy belief that she will still be with us next week, the week after and the week after.
“But we’re not counting the days right now, we’re just doing our best to make those days count. “
Earlier today, Ashley said he was “counting his blessings” when Azaylia finally managed to open his eyes – sharing an adorable video of himself watching his little girl adoringly.
Yesterday, Safiyya explained that the swelling was due to Azaylia’s kidneys “having trouble” draining fluid – with fluid retention forcing her eyes to close.
Safiyya and Ashley welcomed Azaylia in August last year, but were devastated just eight weeks later when they learned she had leukemia.
They documented much of her struggle on their Instagram pages and shared 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 being taken to hospital again.
She previously recounted how Azaylia lost half of her face due to brain tumors.
Last month, Ashley and Safiyya raised over £ 1million to take Azaylia to Singapore in a last-ditch attempt to save her life – but were devastated when told the country experts couldn’t l ‘help.
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British doctors then found tumors all over Azaylia’s body, including her brain and spleen, and broke the terrible news that they had run out of options to cure her.
The brave parents have now brought their baby daughter home from the hospital, but they return to A&E regularly to keep Azaylia comfortable, as the eight-month-old has blood transfusions after crying blood and bleeding from the nose. .
Safiyya also revealed purple bruises all over Azaylia’s body as the leukemia prevents her blood from clotting.
Through her courageous fight, Azaylia won the hearts of the nation and was nominated for a Pride of Britain award – with people across the UK also walking to their doorstep for ‘Clap for Azaylia’ earlier. this week.