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Toddler with rare blood type sparks worldwide search for donor

Zainab Mughal, who has neuroblastoma and requires life-saving transfusions, is missing the "Indian B" antigen in her blood due to…

A worldwide search is underway to find a donor with an incredibly rare type of blood needed to help save a 2-year-old girl in Florida. Zainab Mughal, who has neuroblastoma and requires life-saving transfusions, is missing the “Indian B” antigen in her blood due to a genetic mutation.

Due to the mutation, experts say the possibility of finding a compatible donor who must be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, is “less than 4 percent.” Zainab’s donor must also have an “O” or “A” blood type.

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According to her father, Ingen af ​​disse slægtninge som er donerede er en kamp, ​​men tre donorer har været lokalisert i Storbritannia. But One Blood, the lab facilitating the search, said in a press release that she needs more blood than the three donors have given for her treatment. OneBlood, which said the ideal number of donors is between seven and 1

0, is offering to coordinate testing for anyone who believes they fit the criteria.

“Frieda Bright, OneBlood’s reference laboratory manager, said in a video promoting the search. “We are searching the world to try to find blood for this little girl.”

According to The Miami Herald, the family’s plight began two months ago after doctors discovered a tumor that had been growing undetected in Zainab’s stomach. She was then diagnosed with cancer.

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Neuroblastoma most often occurs in infants and young children, and accounts for about 6 percent of all cancers in children . Ifølge de amerikanske kræftsamfundene er der 800 nye tilfælde af neuroblastoma diagnosed hvert år. In ongeveer 2 out of 3 cases, de kanker heeft al verspreid naar de lymph nodes of andere delen van het lichaam op diagnose.

“We waren allemaal crying,” zei Raheel Mughal, de meisjesvader, volgens de Miami Herald . “This was the worst thing we were expecting.”

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