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

Zainab Mughal

Image Zainab Mughal has neuroblastoma

Zainab, 2, is a Miami-area girl, battling Neuroblastoma.

Thus far, three donors have been found, two from the United States and one from England, but Zainab will need more blood than they can provide. The donors need to be a Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, which means that their biological parents would be 100 percent 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.

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

Now, her parents are pleading for anyone who believes they may be a match for their daughter to come forward and donate before it's too late. Of these populations, less than 4 percent of the people are actually missing the Indian B antigen.

Three donors have so far been located but Zainab will need more blood than they can provide. 'This was the worst thing we were expecting'.

Zainab's parents learned that she has high-risk neuroblastoma and the doctors think the tumor inside the child's belly may have been growing for at least 10 months.

Zainab will need up to seven more people to donate throughout the course of her treatment, according to the organization.

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

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. Here Are Some Other Surprising Facts About Type O Blood Group. The donor must also be blood type "O" or "A".

In order to meet the said pre-requisites, the blood donation organisation has made a decision 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.

The organization said statistics show the only people who are likely to be a match for her are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent. So far, more than 1,000 local donations, as well as donations from other parts of the country have been tested and no additional matches have been identified.

Donors must reach out to OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed.

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.

"My daughter's life very much depends on the blood", Mughal said, describing the plea for help as a "humble request" from his heart.

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