MIAMI – A worldwide hunt is currently taking place to find a rare blood type to help a Florida Florida…
MIAMI – A worldwide hunt is currently taking place to find a rare blood type to help a Florida Florida florida fight cancer.
Zainab is suffering from neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells around the adrenal glands and usually affects children 5 or younger. She is currently receiving treatment at the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
First diagnosed with high risk Neuroblastoma a few weeks ago, the family and doctors believe that it grew in Zainab’s stomach for at least 10 months.
OneBlood has orchestrated the search for Zainab because she will need multiple blood transfusions in the future. Officials with the organization said the search is up and running around the clock and it is a complete and total effort.
Donors must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, meaning donor’s birth parents must be 1
00 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, and blood type must be “O” or “A.”
Due to the requirements that would be met, OneBlood decided to go all over the world with his search hoping to find 7-10 donors to help under Zainab’s treatment. So far, at least three donors have been found, two in the United Kingdom and one in the United States
“My daughter is still far from perfect,” said Raheel Mughal, Zainab’s father.
Unfortunately, Zainab’s parents are not compatible donors.
“The ability to find a compatible donor for this little girl in the right ethnic group we want to screen is less than four percent,” says Frieda Bright, OneBlood’s Reference Laboratory.
According to OneBlood, Zainab’s blood is extremely rare because there is no antigen called “Indian B”, which most people carry in their red blood cells.
A good donor for Zainab would also miss the Indian B antigen or she would reject the blood.
“She will need to be fully supported by blood donations to survive the cancer treatment to kill this cancer.” said Bright.
While the fight continues, Zainab’s family already thanks those who try to help save the little girl and will always remind her that rose in her darkest hours
“What you do to save a human life, my daughter’s life, is amazing,” says Mughal. “And when my daughter grows, I will remind her, you know, the effort was made for you to save your life.”
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