Ashley Cain ‘overwhelmed’ as work starts on planning baby’s treatment thanks to £1.5m in donations
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Plans have already been drawn up for Ashley Cain's baby daughter Azaylia ground-breaking leukaemia treatment, after fans donated nearly £1.5million to pay her medical bills.
Taking to Instagram the 'overwhelmed' footballer explained his daughter would have tests this Wednesday ahead of a planned trip to Singapore.
He wrote: "With all of your help, we can now begin the process, starting with another bone marrow test on Wednesday.
"Along with a lumber puncture, for samples of cerebrospinal fluid and blood to be sent to Singapore, via a special 48 hour delivery process, to preserve cells for them to begin tests and create a CAR treatment for Azaylia’s disease."
Molly-Mae Hague and Kate Ferdinand among stars donating thousands to help save Ashley Cain's daughter
Ashley Cain emotionally reveals he is 'overwhelmed' as fundraiser to beat daughter Azaylia's leukemia reaches almost £1.5million
Seven-month-old Azaylia has already completed three rounds of chemotherapy and undergone a bone marrow transplant in a bid to treat her aggressive form of the blood cancer.
But after tests last week found the disease had returned, Ex On The Beach star Ashley was told there were very few treatment options left.
Azaylia has now begun a fourth round of chemo, and once her disease is in remission her parents will take her to Singapore for a novel new treatment.
He explained on his GoFundMe account: "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 1 year."
The treatment was prohibitively expensive at £500,000 just to enroll, but with multiple celebrities reposting his fundraising appeal, Ashley hit the target within hours.
Currently the amount donated stands at an astonishing £1,487,000 – with any extra to be used to help other children in a similar position.
He wrote: "We’re absolutely delighted to have raised over one million pounds in less than 24 hours!
"We are so overwhelmed by the support we have received and cannot begin to express our deep gratitude and thanks to you all. There’s a old proverb that says ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and YOU are our village.
"Without your kind and generous donations Azaylia would not be able to get the treatment she so desperately needs."
Among the many thousands to donate are Kate and Rio Ferdinand, Love Island stars Molly Mae Hague and Maura Higgins, Mrs Hinch and Stacey Solomon.
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