ORLANDO, Fla. – A world hunt is looking for blood donors for a 2-year-old South Florida girl with a rare blood group that is also battling cancer.
- In the blood of Zainab there is no Indian antigen B.
- The condition affects only a small percentage of certain populations
- OneBlood searches for 7 to 10 compatible donors
A blood is conducting the search for Zainab, a two-year-old girl in South Florida who has an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma.
In Zainab's blood there is no common antigen. B Indian, which most people carry in their red blood cells. If Zainab receives a blood donation from someone who has the antigen, her body will reject her.
OneBlood says that people of Indian, Pakistani or Iranian descent are statistically the only people to be a possible donation to Zainab, and of these groups less than 4% lack the Indian antigen B.
OneBlood says three games have been found so far, but the child will need blood transfusions for the future, which means more donors have to be found. The group says they are looking for at least 7 to 10 compatible donors.
To qualify, potential donors must be:
- Exclusively of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent, which means that even the birth parents of the donors must have an exclusive offspring
- It must be the blood group "O" or "A"
To see if you're compatible, go to the OneBlood page created for Zainab. All donations must be coordinated in advance to ensure compatibility.
OneBlood runs blood donor centers all over the southeast.