The 2-year-old girl needs a rare blood group to save her life, research all over the world is underway - ABC News

The family of a 2-year-old girl who fights an aggressive form of cancer is desperate for a rare type of blood that allows her to get the life-saving treatment she needs.

Zainab Mughal was diagnosed with neuroblastoma two months ago. But his family believes that the tumor in his stomach has been growing for at least 10 months before, his father, Raheel Mughal, said in a video published by OneBlood, the organization that helps the family search for the & # 39; blood supply of Zainab.

Mughal said that his daughter's diagnosis was "the worst thing" that could have been expected, until the doctors discovered another problem.

Zainab's red blood cells lack a common antigen known as Indian-B, said Susan Forbes, OneBlood's vice president of marketing and communications. Because the antigen is so common, it makes it difficult to find blood donors that are missing, too, Forbes said.

PHOTO: Florida resident Zainab Mughal, 2, needs a rare blood group to support his neuroblastoma treatment. OneBlood.org
Zainab Mughal, a 2-year-old Florida resident, needs a rare blood group to support his neuroblastoma treatment.

Blood is even harder to find because donors must have blood groups "O" or "A" and be 100 percent of Indian, Iranian or Pakistani descent, Forbes said.

Less than 4% of the world's population has the blood group that Zainab has to undergo treatment, which includes frequent blood transfusions, Forbes said. None of Zainab's family turned out to be games, Mughal said.

PHOTO: Zainab Mughal, 2 years old, is missing an Indian type B antigen, which means that he will need a rare donor that also lacks that antigen.OneBlood.org
In Zainab Mughal, 2 years old, there is no B-type Indian antigen, which means that he will need a rare donor, which is also missing that antigen.

So far, OneBlood has singled out three games, including one in the UK near London, with the help of the American Rare Donor Program, Forbes said. Since then, all three have sent units of blood to the Miami area, where the family lives, Forbes said.

Up to seven more people will be needed in Zainab to donate during the course of their treatment, according to the organization. And over 1,000 people of Iranian, Indian or Pakistani descent have donated blood to be tested, Forbes said.

"We will certainly need more blood," said Mughal. "My daughter, she is still far from being perfect."

PHOTO: Florida resident Zainab Mughal, 2, needs a rare blood group to support his neuroblastoma treatment. OneBlood.org
Zainab Mughal, a 2-year-old Florida resident, needs a rare blood group to support his neuroblastoma treatment.

While the blood will not cure Zainab's cancer, it will allow it to undergo two bone marrow transplants, which will make it stronger and allow doctors to give them higher doses of chemotherapy, Forbes said.

The child is already subjected to regular chemotherapy, which has helped the tumor to shrink, but "still has a long way ahead of it," Forbes said.

"My daughter's life depends a lot on the blood," Mughal said, describing the call for help as a "humble request" from her heart.

Eric Strauss of ABC News contributed to this report.

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