South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer

Ebony Scott
December 6, 2018

Additional donors are still needed, OneBlood says, as Zainab will need blood transfusions for the foreseeable future. The reason it needs such a wide-reaching effort: Zainab requires "O" or "A" blood types, and only from donors whose birth parents are 100% Iranian, Pakistani, or Indian. The antigen is called 'Indian B.' For a person to be a possible match for Zainab, they must also be missing the Indian B antigen or the little girl's body will reject the blood.

Zainab's tumor was found in her stomach two months ago, but doctors believe it may have been growing undetected for nearly ten months.

While the blood won't cure Zainab's cancer, it will allow her to undergo two bone marrow transplants, which will make her stronger and allow doctors to give her higher doses of chemotherapy, Forbes said. "We are searching the world to try to find blood for this little girl".

So far, three donors have been located - one of whom lives in the United Kingdom. 'This was the worst thing we were expecting'.

"We will definitely need more blood", Mughal said.

In order to meet the said pre-requisites, the blood donation organisation has chose 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.

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that develops in the very early forms of nerve cells.

It is most common in infants and children under age five, rarely occurring in older children.

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. According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 800 new cases of neuroblastoma diagnosed each year. None of Zainab's family have turned out to be matches, Mughal said.

The missing antigen "is so rare that honestly this is the first time I've seen it in the 20 years I've been doing this", said OneBlood lab manager Frieda Bright.

"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is wonderful", shared 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.

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