Toddler with rare blood type sparks worldwide search for donor

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

A donor's blood would only be a match for Zainab if they, too, are missing the Indian B antigen, according to OneBlood. 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.

OneBlood, a Florida-based nonprofit, is seeking potential donors for Zainab, who is battling neuroblastoma and whose blood is missing a common antigen, called Indian B. If Zainab receives blood with this antigen, her body will reject it, according to OneBlood. 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.

In order to be a match for Zainab, the donor must be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian - meaning the donor's birth parents would have to be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian - and must have a blood type of "O" or "A".

The two-year-old from South Florida, Zainab suffers from Neuroblastoma, a cancer that grows from immature nerve cells surrounding the adrenal glands that affects children of five years of age or under. Around 800 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. 'This was the worst thing we were expecting'. "We are searching the world to try to find blood for this little girl".

And even within these ethnic groups, fewer than 4% have the genetic variation. The girl needs to be completely supported by blood donations so she can survive the treatment that is needed to kill cancer.

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

Three donors have so far been located but Zainab will need more blood than they can provide.

To help the child in her fight against cancer, the non-profit blood donation organization OneBlood launched a campaign dedicated to finding people with the right blood type who can donate blood for Zainab.

"It's a humble request and I request it from my heart", Mughal said in the video.

'My daughter's life very much depends on the blood. The donors who belong to the rare blood group should coordinate with OneBlood to ensure the other additional compatibility testing is performer before donation.

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