Worldwide hunt for rare blood to save life of 2-year-old girl
MIAMI – A worldwide hunt is currently underway to find a rare blood type to help a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.
Zainab suffers from Neuroblastoma, a cancer that develops from immature nerve cells around the adrenal glands and most commonly affects children 5 or younger. She is currently being treated at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood
OneBlood has orchestrated the search for Zainab as she will need numerous blood transfusions in the future. Officials with the organization say the search is running around the clock.
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Donors must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian, or Iranian descent, which means the donor's birth parents must both be 100% Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.
The blood type must be "O" or "A"
According to OneBlood, Zainab's blood is extremely rare because it is missing an antigen, called "Indian B," that most people commonly carry in their red blood cells.
A good donor for Zainab would also be missing the Indian B antigen or she would reject the blood.
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