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 will need numerous blood transfusions in the future but it is requested a particular blood. Zainab’s blood is extremely rare because she is missing a common antigen that most people carry on their red blood cells. Donors must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian, or Iranian descent, which means the donor's birth parents must both be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian and the blood type must be "O" or "A." A good donor for Zainab would also be missing the Indian B antigen.
7 to 10 donors are needed to help over the course of Zainab's treatment and three have been found. Two are in the United Kingdom and one in the U.S. Zainab's parents are not compatible donors. "The possibility of us finding a compatible donor for this little girl within the right ethnic group we want to screen is less than four percent," says Frieda Bright, OneBlood's Reference Laboratory Manager.” Once my daughter grows, I'm going to remind her, you know, that the effort was made for you in order to save your life," Zainab’s father said. People who think can help Zanaib must access the special page at https://www.oneblood.org/zainab