She has struggled with cancer and survived, she will likely need blood transfusions from 7 to 10 donors, so far not everyone has been found.
It’s because they’re as rare as she is. 19659003] Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same kind of blood as Zainab, whose family comes from Pakistan, is likely to match her. Less than 4% of the population in these populations can match, according to OneBlood, an ideal organization in South Florida that helps in a global search to identify and recruit donors to the young girl.
“We have a zero percent chance of finding compatible blood for this little girl if we look pretty much at any other ethnic group,” says One-Lab Lab, One-Lab Lab, in a video from the organization. “We are looking for the world to try to find blood for this little girl. “
OneBlood preferably says that it will be able to locate donors of these ethnicities living in the United States.
A person’s blood type is determined by antigens Zainab’s blood lacks an antigen called Indian B, and her body will attack transfused blood containing it. So, like Zainab, her donor must miss the antigen. In addition, they must also have type O or A blood.
Such donors is “extremely rare,” said Sandra Nance, senior director of the American Rare Donor Program.
Nance said the program traces at least 59 types of rare blood and has over 120,000 registered donors. that not a single donor matching Zainab’s blood type was registered in the program’s US database when search for matching donors began in September. Since then, two compatible sensors in the United States and one in Britain have been found, according to OneBlood.
“Happy God, they have found three donors. So far, she has gone through her normal treatment,” said her father, Raheel Mughal, in a video provided by OneBlood. “We will definitely need more blood.”
Zainab’s family made the video of OneBlood to draw attention to her story. They were inaccessible to talk to CNN directly.
Zainab’s cancer, neuroblastoma, developed in her nerve cells and requires chemotherapy for treatment.
“She will need to be fully supported by blood donations to survive cancer treatment to kill this cancer,” said Bright. “The blood will not cure her, but the blood is very important to support her while being treated for this particular cancer.”
Rare blood occurs in less than one in a thousand people and extremely rare blood counts occur in even fewer people, according to the American rare donor program. The program, a collaboration between American Red Cross and AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks, is working with OneBlood to secure more rare blood for Zainab.
“Rare blood is the blood you do not have when you need it no matter what,” said Nance. “If a person has been identified as a rare donor and they are invited to give, my hope is that they will donate, if they can.”
In OneBlood video, Mughal made a foundation for those who can help. “If you’re one of those people from the Middle East, please go out and donate blood to my daughter,” he said. “My daughter’s life depends very much on the blood.”