Photo via OneBlood. FLORIDA – Sure Bklyner covers Brooklyn stories, but this story was too important to pass. Zainab Mughal,…
Photo via OneBlood.
FLORIDA – Sure Bklyner covers Brooklyn stories, but this story was too important to pass. Zainab Mughal, an adorable two year old, needs blood to survive. The catch? The blood she seeks is rare.
Can you be her match?
Zainab has an aggressive cancer form called neuroblastoma. She was diagnosed two months ago, but the tumor grew for almost 10 months. She undergoes chemotherapy and her tumor shrinks, but she still needs frequent blood transfusions to fight cancer.
What makes her blood so rare is that there is no Indian B antigen in her red blood cells. The problem is that most people have the native B antigen, so it’s so hard to find someone who does not. Both her parents, like many family members, were tested and incompatible.
According to OneBlood, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) working to provide “safe, affordable and affordable blood,” these are the criteria you must meet to donate blood to a little Zainab:
“Of [the Indian, Pakistani, and Iranian] populations, less than four percent of the people actually lack the native B antigen,” said OneBlood. Therefore, people in these descent are statistically more likely to match Zainab.
That is why we ask our readers to check if they can be a match. There are thousands of Pakistani, Indian and Iranian people in Brooklyn.
Zainab and her dad. (Photo via OneBlood)
This has become a worldwide search. So far, 1000 people of The three drops donated blood to see if they could be possible donors, said OneBlood. And so far, three matching donors have been found; one is from the United Kingdom and the other two are from the United States.
But that’s not enough.
“We need at least seven to ten donors that we can arrange and coordinate to donate over the course of Zainab’s treatment,” says Frieda Bright, a reference laboratory director at OneBlood. This is because Zainab’s predicament ntas undergo several blood transfusions.
“The blood will not cure, but the blood is very important to support her while being treated for this particular cancer,” says Bright.
“My daughter’s life depends very much on the blood,” said Zainab’s father, Raheel Mughal. “It’s a humble request and I ask it from my heart.”
To be tested or to find more information, visit Zainab’s page on OneBlood.