Ashley Cain 'counts his blessings' as baby Azaylia manages to open her eyes after two days of not being able to see
ASHLEY Cain has shared his joy after baby Azaylia finally managed to open her eyes after two days of not being able to see due to severe swelling.
The 30-year-old star explained that he and girlfriend Safiyya "consistently" applied a cold compress to the little one's eyes and eventually the remedy managed to do the trick.
The devoted dad shared a sweet video of himself gazing adoringly at his little girl as she lay beside him, with one of the compressions over her eyes at the time.
After being told the devastating news that Azaylia could just have days to live at the end of last month, Ashley wrote: "Another day to count our blessings."
He went on: "The last few days Azaylia's face has been that swollen she couldn't open her eyes. So we decided to cold compress them to try and reduce the swelling so she can see.
"After consistently doing this for the last two days she managed to open her eyes again today!"
Yesterday, Safiyya explained that the swelling was due to Azaylia's kidneys "finding it difficult" to drain fluid.
She'd previously shared: "Azaylia's got really, really swollen eyes today and we've been told by our community nurses to put some cold compresses on them and get them down again so she can open her eyes, bless her.
"She's really, really struggling today."
The heartbroken mum added in the caption that they have also been told to turn Azaylia's feed down to stop fluid retention.
Ashley's adoring video comes after he shared his fears for his little girl, looking emotional as he spoke candidly about Azaylia's illness – also thanking fans for their ongoing support.
He said at the time: "I just wanted to say, I'm overwhelmed and grateful for all of the love and support and tributes that are going out for my daughter – it's absolutely incredible.
"Truthfully though, I can't really put into words how I'm feeling – I'm scared, I'm worried, I'm nervous, I'm anxious, all of the time.
"But I'm getting my strength from being the best me I can be for my daughter right now and currently she's still here, she's still breathing, and she's still in the game."
Ashley signed off: "Let's go champ, thank you guys."
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.
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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