Dec 12, 2018 by Shehera Vega Sánchez

Worldwide Search For Extremely Rare Blood To Save Zainab (2)

A local not-for-profit blood center in Florida started a worldwide search for some of the rarest blood in the world. It's needed to help the two-year-old Zainab who is fighting against neuroblastoma, a very aggressive form of cancer.

Common antigen
Zainab's blood type is scarce since she misses a common antigen that most people carry in their red blood cells. Her blood donors must have the same blood condition, or her body will reject the blood.

"The world is really rallying around this little girl to try and find some compatible blood for her," Susan Forbes, vice president of marketing and communications for OneBlood, told ABC News. "Every blood center in this country is trying to find compatible blood for this little girl."

Worldwide search
OneBlood, the not-for-profit blood center in Florida, has started a global search for donors. Statistically, the only people who are likely to be a match for Zainab are people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent. Sadly, less than 4% of this group are actually missing the antigen.

Three donors have been found so far, but this is not enough. To support her long-term blood needs, the little girl needs at least seven to ten compatible donors.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the young girl and her family.

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