Grieving dad Ashley Cain has revealed his heartbreak on what would have been his first Father’s Day with daughter Azaylia.
Azaylia, who had been treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, had battled for months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia.
Ashley, a former footballer for Coventry City and Tamworth who went on to appear on Ex On The Beach, has shared a new video on Instagram of him singing and dancing with his daughter when she was in hospital, The Sun reported.
Alongside it, he wrote a heartfelt message, saying: “One of the things that I miss the most about Azaylia, is our sleepovers at the hospital. The feeling when I woke up next to her in the morning, drew the blinds and seen her beautiful face with that incredible smile was magical. The fact I’d been gifted another day with the love of my life, when no day was promised, was euphoric and indescribable.
“First thing, we used to set the tempo for the rest of the day. It was important to start the day off right with positive vibes, good energy and endless amounts of appreciation.”
He went on: “Despite what Azaylia was going through, she would ALWAYS greet me with the most overwhelming energy and stunning smile, which gave me all the strength and courage I needed to fuel my mind, heart and spirits through another day battling by her side.
“Azaylia seemed to be able to lift the spirits of anyone in her presence and especially me because of her sheer strength, great hearted bravery and beautifully bright aura.
“When I thought I had to be strong for her, it turned out she was the source of my strength. When I thought I needed to be brave for her, she was the reason for my courage. When I thought she needed to see me smiling and positive, she was always my inspiration. & when I thought I needed to give it 100 to fight by her side everyday, she was already giving 120!
He said: “If I could pick any 8 months of my life to relive, it would begin on the 10.08.20. Azaylia made the hardest and most devastating time any parent could go through, without question, the BEST days of my life! A time where I’d give up the remaining years of mine in a split second, to experience it with her again.
“Azaylia Diamond Cain – You’re the most amazing daughter any daddy could wish for and I miss you so much. Even though my heart is broken beyond repair, I feel incredibly blessed to be your daddy and HONOURED to be lucky enough to to call you my daughter.
“You changed my life, you saved my life and you MADE my life. I LOVE YOU CHAMP – MY HERO!”
His partner Safiyya Vorajee touchingly responded as Azaylia, saying: “Happy 1st Father’s Day. Daddy, I may not be here for us to celebrate our special day today on earth, but please look out for today’s signs to show you that I’m here.
“I’m going to be listening to you all day, & dancing to our special songs I am so close to you as always, don’t feel bad daddy I’m here, make me smile like you always do, I love you daddy.
“I am wrapping my love around you endlessly. An unbreakable bond daddy I love you.”