'Extremely rare blood' donations needed to save 2-year-old Florida girl

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

In pursuit of ‘rare blood type: Global campaign underway for two-year-old Muslim girl from Miami

To be a donor, a person must have blood type A or O and they must be missing the same antigen - otherwise her body will reject the blood.

To aid in her fight against cancer, OneBlood, a non-profit blood donation organisation in the United States, has launched a worldwide campaign that is dedicated in finding the right blood type for Zainab as she is required to undergo multiple transfusions in the future. The donors need to be a Pakistani, Indian or Iranian, which means that their biological parents would be 100 percent Pakistani, Indian or Iranian.

Zainab is being treated at the Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and she is required to undergo multiple blood transfusions in the future.

Worldwide Donor Hunt to Help Girl with Rare Blood Type

'We were all crying, ' said Zainab's father Raheel Mughal in an interview with OneBlood. Doctors most often diagnose the condition in children younger than the age of 5 years.

There is a worldwide search underway to find a matching donor for a 2-year-old Florida girl with some of the rarest blood in the world who is battling cancer.

"Locating people who are missing the Indian B antigen comes down to genetics", said a release from OneBlood.

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Zainab Mughal, 2, is missing a common Indian-B antigen, meaning she'll need a rare donor who is also missing that antigen.

The problem is that Zainab has a rare blood type.

Even within that population, only 4% of people have the unusual genetic variation, according to OneBlood, the Florida-based charity that is leading the search. I encourage everybody to please go out and donate blood.

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So far three donors have been found, including one in England, but doctors estimate they will need at least seven to 10 people continuing to contribute throughout the course of Zainab's treatment. The girl needs to be completely supported by blood donations so she can survive the treatment that is needed to kill cancer.

So far, OneBlood has located three matches, including one in the United Kingdom near London, with the help of the American Rare Donor Program, Forbes said. Visit www.oneblood.org/zainab for donation information.

"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is awesome", shared Mughal.

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OneBlood is conducting all compatibility testing of potential donors.

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