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Extremely rare blood needed to save 2-year-old South Florida girl

Extremely rare blood needed to save 2-year-old South Florida girl

It's needed to help save two-year-old Zainab, a South Florida girl who is battling neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer. She's going to require a substantial number of blood transfusions during upcoming cancer treatments, so the OneBlood nonprofit blood distributor has opened up a worldwide search for donors. The donors need to be a Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, which means that their biological parents would be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.

To be compatible with Zainab, an ideal blood type will be missing the Indian B antigen or else chances are that she would reject the blood.

The tumor inside Zainab Mughal's belly may have been growing for 10 months without anyone knowing. This makes finding a match for her life-saving transfusions hard. Because the antigen is so common, it makes it hard to find blood donors who are lacking it as well, Forbes said.

So far, more than 1,000 local donations, as well as some in other parts of the country, have been tested, but only three matching donors have been found, with one located in the United Kingdom. 'This was the worst thing we were expecting'.

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

OneBlood is now working in tandem with other blood centres and American Rare Donor Program to find a flawless blood match for Zainab.

According to the Mayo Clinic, neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that develops out of immature nerve cells that are formed in many areas of the body. Around 800 new cases are diagnosed in the USA every year.

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type
Donors With 'Extremely Rare Blood' Sought for Florida Toddler Zainab, Who Has Neuroblastoma

The cancer can spread to tissues beyond the original site, including bone marrow, bone, lymph nodes, liver and skin.

The only people who are likely to be a match for Zainab are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, OneBlood said.

Less than four percent of the world's population has the blood type Zainab needs to undergo treatment, which includes frequent blood transfusions, Forbes said.

The problem is that Zainab has a rare blood type.

"This is all hands on deck", Bright said in the video.

"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is awesome", says Mughal. So, please, donate the blood for my daughter'.

"All donations for Zainab must be coordinated with OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed", OneBlood said.





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