OneBlood searches for extremely rare blood to save two-year-old Florida girl

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

The donor must also be blood type "O" or "A". The little girl, identified as Zainab, 2, was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with neuroblastoma, a rare kind of blood cancer that typically only strikes children ages 5 and younger, WPLG reports.

The blood is even harder to find because the donors must have blood types "O" or "A" and be 100 percent of Indian, Iranian or Pakistani descent, Forbes said.

In order to meet the said pre-requisites, the blood donation organisation has made a decision to expand its search across the globe with an aim to raise 7-10 donors to donate blood over the period of Zainab's treatment.

While the blood won't cure Zainab's cancer, it will allow her to undergo two bone marrow transplants, which will make her stronger and allow doctors to give her higher doses of chemotherapy, Forbes said.

A worldwide search is on for an extremely rare blood type to help save the life of a South Florida toddler.

But statistically speaking, very few people have Indian B antigen missing from their blood, which makes finding a match virtually hard if not impossible.

The problem is that Zainab has a rare blood type. A donor's blood would only be a match for Zainab if they, too, are missing the Indian B antigen, according to OneBlood.

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OneBlood is working closely with other blood centers and the American Rare Donor Program (ARDP), an organization that searches the world for rare blood donors. OneBlood is sharing Zainab's story in the hopes more people who meet the specific donor criteria will come forward to donate for the little girl. Because the antigen is so common, it makes it hard to find blood donors who are lacking it as well, Forbes said.

The organization said statistics show the only people who are likely to be a match for her are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent.

Three donors have so far been located but Zainab will need more blood than they can provide.

Her dad told OneBlood that he, his wife and most of their families donated, but were not a match.

"My daughter's life very much depends on the blood", Mughal said, describing the plea for help as a "humble request" from his heart.

OneBlood, a not-for-profit organisation, is offering to co-ordinate compatibility testing anywhere in the world.

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