Global search for rare blood to save 2-year-old’s life

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ORLANDO ( WCMH)—Officials are searching around the globe to find some of the rarest blood in the world to help save a 2-year-old’s life.

According to WTSP, Zinab has neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer. More than 1,000 local and national donations have been tested to match her blood, but only three people have her rare blood type.

Fox 13 reports, Zainab lives in Florida and her blood is extremely rare because she is missing a common antigen that most people carry in their red blood cells. The antigen is called ‘Indian B.’

For a person to be a possible match for Zainab, they must also be missing the Indian B antigen or the little girl’s body will reject the blood. 

People with the following characteristics will be considered:

  • Must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent – meaning the donor’s birth parents are both 100% Pakistani, Indian or Iranian  
  • Must be blood type “O” or “A”
  •  All donations for Zainab must be coordinated with OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed.

According to WTSP, The 2-year-old will need at least seven to 10 donors because she’ll require ongoing blood transfusions for an undetermined amount of time.

To learn more or find out if you’re a match, click here.

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