Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Girl Needs a Rare Blood Type Only Found in Indians, Pakistanis

Girl Needs a Rare Blood Type Only Found in Indians, Pakistanis

Two months ago, Zainab Mughal learned that she had developed an aggressive form of Neuroblastoma cancer, her dad Raheel Mughal told South Florida's nonprofit organization OneBlood.

If they may match this criteria, individuals are asked to mention this when they schedule an appointment to donate at MVRBC.

OneBlood, a non-profit blood centre in the United States, has explained donors of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent with A or O blood types are most likely to be suitable donors for Zainab.

Most people never have to contend with the often-hidden world of rare blood transfusions.

"We have a zero per cent chance of finding compatible blood for this little girl if we look in pretty much any other ethnic group", said Ms Bright. Zainab is part of a small percentage of people who produce antibodies to certain antigens, which prompts the body to reject blood donations, even if it's the right blood type. Zainab's blood is missing an antigen called Indian B, and her body will attack transfused blood that contains it.

Must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, meaning the donor's birth parents are both 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.

So the Mughals have had to turn their search to the rest of the world, relying on the goodness of strangers to save their baby girl. Still, Zainab could not find a match at the very beginning of her search in September, KTLA reported.

Doctors said the tumor had been growing inside Zainab's abdomen for nearly half of her
Doctors said the tumor had been growing inside Zainab's abdomen for nearly half of her

'We were all crying, ' said Zainab's father Raheel Mughal in an interview with OneBlood.

Thus far, three donors have been found, two from the U.S. and one from England, but Zainab will need more blood than they can provide.

A person's blood type is determined by antigens. The girl needs to be completely supported by blood donations so she can survive the treatment that is needed to kill cancer.

Sandra Nance, senior director of the ARDP, explained that OneBlood has tracked approximately 59 types of rare blood with more than 120,000 donors on the registry.

"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is fantastic", her father said.

Those who believe they would be a good match with Zainab can find more information here.

In OneBlood video, Mughal made a plea for those who can help. "My daughter's life very much depends on the blood..."


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