FL toddler battling cancer in need of extremely rare blood

OneBlood runs blood donor centers across the Southeast.

Zainab Mughal, from Tallahassee in south Florida, has neuroblastoma and needs life-saving transfusions and bone marrow transplants. Statistically, the only people who are likely to be a match for Zainab are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, according to OneBlood.

Zainab is being treated at the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and she is required to undergo multiple blood transfusions in the future.

"We were all crying", Raheel Mughal, the girl's father, said, according to the Miami Herald.

Neuroblastoma most often occurs in infants and young children, and accounts for about 6 percent of all cancers in children.

A worldwide hunt is now underway to find a rare blood type to help a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.

Then, about two months ago, the 2-year-old's parents got a devastating diagnosis - Zainab has neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that mainly affects children. OneBlood has been actively sharing Zainab's story in the hopes of finding donors for the little girl. This is because Zainab's blood type is extremely hard to find as it is devoid of an antigen called "Indian B", that is present in most people in their red blood cells.

And even within this population, fewer than 4 percent of people are missing the antigen.

The non-profit blood donation organization OneBlood launched a campaign in a bid to find people who can donate blood to Zainab Mughal.

"She's going to need to be completely supported by blood donations in order to survive the cancer treatment in order to kill this cancer", Bright said. So far, three donors have been found.

Still, more blood is needed, and organization officials are looking to secure at least seven to 10 matching donors. All donations must be coordinated in advance to ensure compatibility.

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.

OneBlood is now working in tandem with other blood centres and American Rare Donor Program to find a ideal blood match for Zainab.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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