Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Two-year-old needs some of the rarest blood in the world to survive

Zainab Mughal 2 is sick and needs a blood donor with the same rare blood she has. A global search is underway Zainab Mughal 2 is sick and needs a blood donor with the same rare blood she has. A global search is underway
Celia Hoffman | 08 December, 2018, 15:35

"My daughter, she is still a long way from being flawless", said Raheel Mughal.

A 2-year-old girl fighting cancer is the focus of a global search for a donor with an incredibly rare blood type.

After hearing the news, Zainab's parents and relatives immediately donated their blood, her dad told the organization.

Since sharing her story on their site, Zainab has luckily found three donors already, including one from the United Kingdom - the first time OneBlood has received an worldwide donor for a local patient - but she will need approximately four to six more donors in order to survive.

- All donations for Zainab must be coordinated with OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed. "We now have to provide more specialty matched blood for this child", said OneBlood reference laboratory manager Frieda Bright. They also need to have a blood type of either "A" or "O". "Of these populations, less than 4% of the people are actually missing the Indian B antigen", says OneBlood in a statement.

Compatibility screening will occur for these potential donors.

Those who believe they would be a good match with Zainab can find more information here.

That's a promising sign, but it's not enough.

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Two-year-old Zainab from South Florida has neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer. Rules limit how frequently donors can give blood.

It is the missing piece of a treatment plan that doctors say is already shrinking Zainab's tumor.

To qualify, potential donors must be exclusively of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, which means the donors birth parents also must have an exclusive ancestry, and must be blood type "O" or "A". One shows the toddler wearing a birthday cap and a polka-dot pink dress, another shows her posing for a photo with a cream-colored dress and flowers and ribbons in her hair.

She is still too young to fully grasp the gravity of what she needs or the overwhelming odds stacked against her. Two live in the US and one lives in London.

In OneBlood video, Mughal made a plea for those who can help.

Her life is very much dependent on it, he said in a video plea.

"What you're doing to save a human life, to save my daughter's life, it's unbelievable".

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