South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer

Henrietta Strickland
December 4, 2018

For the said goal, a global quest is underway to find a rare blood type. She now receives treatment at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

OneBlood is leading the search for Zainab, a two-year-old girl in South Florida who has an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

Must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent - meaning the donor's birth parents are both 100% Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.

But finding compatible donors is extremely hard because she does not have a common antigen called Indian B that most people carry in their blood.

Must be blood type "O" or "A". They group says they are looking for at least 7 to 10 compatible donors.

"We now have to provide more specialty matched blood for this child", said Frieda Bright, the reference laboratory manager for OneBlood, in a video produced by the organization. The antigen is called 'Indian B.' For a person to be a possible match for Zainab, they must also be missing the Indian B antigen or the little girl's body will reject the blood.

So far, three matching donors have been found worldwide, including a donor in the United Kingdom.

Zainab's parents however are not compatible donors.

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

The little girl, identified as Zainab, 2, was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with neuroblastoma, a rare kind of blood cancer that typically only strikes children ages 5 and younger, WPLG reports.

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

"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is wonderful", says Mughal. "And once my daughter grows, I'm going to remind her, you know, that the effort was made for you in order to save your life".

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