FL toddler battling cancer in need of extremely rare blood

FL toddler battling cancer in need of extremely rare blood

Zainab Mughal, from South Florida, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a cancer in the nerve cells - and needs life-saving blood transfusions as she undergoes chemotherapy.

OneBlood says people who are of Indian, Pakistani or Iranian descent are statistically the only people to be a possible donor match for Zainab, and of those groups, less than 4 percent are missing the Indian B antigen.

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.

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.

A 2-year-old Florida girl with cancer needs transfusions of an extremely rare blood type "for the foreseeable future", according to a blood-donation organization conducting a worldwide search for enough donors to meet her needs. OneBlood says her dire situation is complicated by her blood type since she is missing a common antigen that most people carry in their red blood cells.

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.

A good donor for Zainab would also be missing the Indian B antigen or she would reject the blood. "We are searching the world to try to find blood for this little girl". I encourage everybody to please go out and donate blood.

Raheel Mughal and Mariam Mehmood pleaded with the public to donate blood and give their young daughter a chance at surviving

"All donations for Zainab must be coordinated with OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed", OneBlood said. So far, three donors have been found.

"We now have to provide more specialty matched blood for this child", said OneBlood reference laboratory manager Frieda Bright.

Visit www.oneblood.org/zainab for more donation information.

Florida-based OneBlood, a nonprofit blood center, has now been conducting an global search to find compatible blood donors.

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

'My daughter's life very much depends on the blood.

Blood samples of potential donors will be tested by OneBlood for compatibility.

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