Worldwide Hunt Underway To Find Rare Blood For Girl With Cancer

Henrietta Brewer
December 6, 2018

A good donor for Zainab would also be missing the Indian B antigen or she would reject the blood.

OneBlood says it's found three matches so far, but the child will need blood transfusions for the foresseable future, which means more donors must be found.

In order to be a match for Zainab, the donor must be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian - meaning the donor's birth parents would have to be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian - and must have a blood type of "O" or "A". So far, three matching donors have been located, including a donor that ARDP located in the United Kingdom, near London. OneBlood has been actively sharing Zainab's story in the hopes of finding donors for the little girl.

Worldwide Hunt Underway To Find Rare Blood For Girl With Cancer

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

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. "This was the worst thing we were expecting".

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.

OneBlood is working closely with other blood centers and the American Rare Donor Program (ARDP), an organization that searches the world for rare blood donors.

Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that develops in the very early forms of nerve cells.

Zainab Mughal has a rare blood type and needs transfusions to help save her life after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Neuroblastoma most often occurs in infants and young children, and accounts for about 6 percent of all cancers in children. In about 2 out of 3 cases, the cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body upon diagnosis.

The non-profit blood donation organization OneBlood launched a campaign in a bid to find people who can donate blood to Zainab Mughal. Here Are Some Other Surprising Facts About Type O Blood Group.

'We need to find more.It's a humble request, and I request it from my heart, ' said Raheel Mughal said in the video. So, please, donate the blood for my daughter'.

Must coordinate all donations for Zainab with OneBlood in advance, to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed.

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