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

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

On top of that, donors must have type O or A blood.

The girl, Zainab, is battling a very aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma. The donors need to be a Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, which means that their biological parents would be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.

According to OneBlood, Zainab's blood is extremely rare because it is missing an antigen, called "Indian B", that most people commonly carry in their red blood cells.

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

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.

A worldwide hunt is now underway to find a rare blood type to help a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.

"Locating people who are missing the Indian B antigen comes down to genetics", said a release from OneBlood.

Zainab Mughal
Image The child needs life-saving transfusions and bone marrow transplants

It is described by OneBlood as "some of the rarest blood in the world" - and neither of Zainab's parents were found to be a match.

Zainab Mughal, 2, is missing a common Indian-B antigen, meaning she'll need a rare donor who is also missing that antigen.

"The possibility of us finding a compatible donor for this little girl within the right ethnic group we want to screen is less than four percent", says Frieda Bright, OneBlood's Reference Laboratory Manager.

The non-profit blood donation organization OneBlood launched a campaign in a bid to find people who can donate blood to Zainab Mughal.

OneBlood, which runs blood donor centers across the Southeast, 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. Three matching donors have been located, including a donor from the United Kingdom.

Florida-based OneBlood, a nonprofit blood center, has now been conducting an global search to find compatible blood donors. The girl needs to be completely supported by blood donations so she can survive the treatment that is needed to kill cancer.

OneBlood, a not-for-profit organisation, is offering to co-ordinate compatibility testing anywhere in the world.

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