Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

Worldwide Hunt for a Rare Blood Type 2-Year-Old Needs Blood From Donors Who Are 100% Pakistani Indian or Iranian

OneBlood is leading the search for Zainab, a two-year-old girl in South Florida who has an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

In order to meet the said pre-requisites, the blood donation organisation has made a decision to expand its search across the globe with an aim to raise 7-10 donors to donate blood over the period of Zainab's treatment.

The blood is even harder to find because the donors must have blood types "O" or "A" and be 100 percent of Indian, Iranian or Pakistani descent, Forbes said.

The child's red blood cells don't have an antigen called Indian B. So the donor should have O or A blood type with the same missing antigen.

Then, about two months ago, the 2-year-old's parents got a devastating diagnosis - Zainab has neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that mainly affects children. "We are searching the world to try to find blood for this little girl".

"My daughter, she is still a long way away from being flawless", said Raheel Mughal, Zainab's father.

Zainab Mughal, 2, is missing a common Indian-B antigen, meaning she'll need a rare donor who is also missing that antigen. "This was the worst thing we were expecting".

The only people who are likely to be a match for Zainab are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, OneBlood said. Of those populations, still only 4 percent of people are actually missing the antigen.

"She's going to need to be completely supported by blood donations in order to survive the cancer treatment in order to kill this cancer", Bright said.

"All donations for Zainab must be coordinated with OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed", OneBlood said. OneBlood is sharing Zainab's story in the hopes more people who meet the specific donor criteria will come forward to donate for the little girl.

So far three donors have been found, including one in England, but doctors estimate they will need at least seven to 10 people continuing to contribute throughout the course of Zainab's treatment.

Must be blood type "O" or "A". Visit www.oneblood.org/zainab for donation information.

A worldwide search is underway for what OneBlood is calling some of the rarest blood in the world.

'My daughter's life very much depends on the blood.

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