FL toddler battling cancer in need of extremely rare blood

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

Zainab Mughal, who has neuroblastoma and requires life-saving transfusions, is missing the "Indian B" antigen in her blood due to a genetic mutation.

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. OneBlood, a local not-for-profit blood center is leading the search for Zainab, a Miami girl who is battling neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer.

Raheel Mughal, Zainab's father, said: "It's not enough, we need to find more..."

Donors must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent.

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.

Mughal said his daughter's diagnosis was "the worst thing" they could have expected, until doctors discovered another problem.

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

To be a donor, a person must have blood type A or O and they must be missing the same antigen - otherwise her body will reject the blood.

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type
Donors With 'Extremely Rare Blood' Sought for Florida Toddler Zainab, Who Has Neuroblastoma

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.

So far, OneBlood has located three matches, including one in the United Kingdom near London, with the help of the American Rare Donor Program, Forbes said.

"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. So, please, donate the blood for my daughter'.

And even within this population, fewer than 4 percent of people are missing the antigen.

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

More than 1,000 donations have been tested to match her blood.

"It's a humble request and I request it from my heart". 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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