Thousands have responded to a worldwide search for finding blood donors with rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old…
Thousands have responded to a worldwide search for finding blood donors with rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old Florida in southern Florida fighting for cancer.
Zainab Mughal has neuroblastoma and needs life saving transfusions. But finding compatible donors is extremely challenging because she lacks a common antigen that most bear in her blood, called “Indian B.”
As of Friday, Florida-based OneBlood said it had received more than 15,000 emails from people who potentially meet the donor criteria since the story was published on Monday.
“The response from the public has never been seen before and we are hopeful. We will find additional compatible donors for Zaina,” read a press release Friday from OneBlood, which has a main campus in Jacksonville.
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OneBlood says that donors must have “A” or “O” type of blood and be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian; and that even within these ethnic groups fewer than 4 percent of humans have the genetic variation.
OneBlood offers coordination of compatibility testing across the world.
Donation Information and Locations are available at www.oneblood.org/zainab.
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