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Are you a match for Zainab's blood type?

Zainab Mughal has a rare blood type and needs transfusions to help save her life after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Donors must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent.

OneBlood officials said the girl's blood is so rare because she's missing a common antigen called "Indian B" that most people carry on their red blood cells.

Zainab's parents learned that she has high-risk neuroblastoma and the doctors think the tumor inside the child's belly may have been growing for at least 10 months.

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

There is a worldwide search underway to find a matching donor for a 2-year-old Florida girl with some of the rarest blood in the world who is battling cancer.

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It is described by OneBlood as "some of the rarest blood in the world" - and neither of Zainab's parents were found to be a match.

Around 800 children in the U.S. are diagnosed each year with the disease and most are diagnosed when they are younger than five. If Zainab gets a blood donation from someone who has the antigen, her body will reject it.

Even within that population, only 4% of people have the unusual genetic variation, according to OneBlood, the Florida-based charity that is leading the search.

"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", said Bright. Zainab Mughal, who has neuroblastoma and requires life-saving transfusions, is missing the "Indian B" antigen in her blood due to a genetic mutation. As of now, three donors have been located, one of whom is from the United Kingdom.

OneBlood is coordinating compatibility testing and asks that prospective donors specify that they are looking to donate for Zainab, so the blood can be tagged for testing.

Visit www.oneblood.org/zainab for more donation information.

"My daughter's life very much depends on the blood", Mughal said, describing the plea for help as a "humble request" from his heart. The hunt has now turned global with OneBlood, a not-for-profit organisation that procures blood and blood products, joining in the search.


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