- OneBlood reported on Monday that they are searching worldwide for some of the rarest blood in the world, as it is needed to save a a two-year-old South Florida girl. But OneBlood says Zainab is going to need a lot more blood than three donors can provide to beat the cancer.
Florida-based OneBlood says the donors must have "A" or "O" type blood and be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian; and that even within these ethnic groups, fewer than 4 percent of people have the genetic variation.
While the blood won't cure Zainab's cancer, it will allow her to undergo two bone marrow transplants, which will make her stronger and allow doctors to give her higher doses of chemotherapy, Forbes said.
Zainab's donor must also have an "O" or "A" blood type.
According to The Miami Herald, the family's plight began two months ago after doctors discovered a tumor that had been growing undetected in Zainab's stomach.
According to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, neuroblastoma accounts for seven to 10 percent of childhood cancers.
Raheel Mughal, Zainab's father said, "My daughter, she is still a long way away from being flawless". 'This was the worst thing we were expecting'. In about 2 out of 3 cases, the cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes or other parts of the body upon diagnosis.
Zainab's blood is extremely rare because she is missing a common antigen that most people carry on their red blood cells.
OneBlood runs blood donor centers across the Southeast.
Statistically, donors need to be exclusively of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent. This means that both the parents of the donors must be from Pakistan, India or Iran and the blood type should be either "O" or "A".
Dr Bright further explained, "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".
"It's a humble request and I request it from my heart", Mughal said in the video.
Zainab's parents however are not compatible donors.
"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is fantastic", says Mughal.