TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Seeking Something Rare Worldwide world to help Save the life of a two-year-old girl from South Florida fighting an aggressive cancer ,
Zainab Mughal, who was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma, needs blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants. More than 1,000 local and national donations have been tested for their blood. but of these, only three people have their rare blood type – including one to London. More donors are needed.
The girl's red blood cells lack a common antigen that most humans carry, the so-called Indian B. It must be a blood donor that matches its blood-missing antigen – or Zainab's body will reject the blood.
OneBlood, a non-profit blood center, is conducting an international search for donors that match Zainab's rare blood type.
The only donors statistically likely to match Zainab are those of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent to OneBlood. This means that the parent parents of a donor must both be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.
[more] Army Veteran Meets the Little Girl He Saved with His Bone Marrow Donation ] And even in these populations, the Indian B antigen, like zainab, lacks less in the release states as four percent.
The blood of Zainab's parents is also incompatible, her dad Raheel Mughal said in a OneBlood video.
"We need to find more … It's a modest request, and I ask it from my heart," Raheel Mughal said in a video asking for help. "My daughter's life is very dependent on the blood, so please donate the blood for my daughter."
The donations are coordinated by OneBlood for compatibility testing.
If you go to a OneBlood Donor Center, the prospective donor will have to tell you that he or she wants to donate to Zainab so employees can tag the blood for testing.
Visit oneblood.org/zainab for instructions on making a donation.
Contribution: Amy Beeman of WTSP-TV, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. Follow Nada Hassanein on Twitter: @nhassanein_
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