Ashley Cain suffered the worst thing that can happen to any parent as he watched his beloved daughter succumb to a rare form of cancer when she was just eight months old.
He and his ex-partner Safiyya Vorajee found out that their baby had tumours on her lungs, stomach, and kidney when she was just two months old.
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Soon after Azaylia’s death in April 2021, Ashley and Safiyya split up. Now the 33-year-old former footballer has announced that he is set to become a dad again in the new year.
Ashley Cain. Pic: Instagram
Speaking to The Sun, Ashley said that the first person he told about the new baby was his little girl. ‘After going to her resting place and speaking to her about it, I just had a feeling in my heart and in my soul that she was happy for me.’
While he and his new baby’s mother aren’t a couple, he has known her since he was 18. The parents-to-be found out they are expecting a baby boy- something Ashley has admitted came as something of a relief.
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He continued: ‘In the back of my head I didn’t really know how to deal or cope with it if it was a little girl. It could have been fine but it could have been heartbreaking all over again and I wasn’t sure.’
Ashley found out he was going to become a dad again in July as he was preparing for Yukon 1000, the world’s toughest endurance race from Canada through the Artic Circle into Alaska.
Pic: Ashley Cain/Instagram
He admitted that he found the news hard to process, but believes every child is a blessing. He can’t wait to become a dad again.
Ashley’s strength has been tested once again during this pregnancy, as he and the baby’s mum found out at the 20-week scan that the new baby has a potential heart defect.
However, he believes his daughter will be looking over her little brother. ‘She was happy that she had a little brother and it is now just someone else for her to watch over and protect in this world,’ he said, following his visit to Azaylia’s grave.
Pic: Instagram/ Ashley Cain
Speaking previously about his little girl’s illness, Ashley told the Penguin X Campaign Against Living Miserably Under The Surface podcast, that for two precious months, he felt he had it all.
He said: ‘The first time I held Azaylia in my arms, I thought I had everything. All these things that I was searching for in my life before, couldn’t come close or equate to this.’
Azaylia died on April 21, 2021, when she was eight months old and just six months after her diagnosis. He and ex Safiyya have since set up a foundation in her memory.
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