2-year-old cancer patient center of worldwide search for blood donors

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OneBlood said it is working closely with other blood centers and the American Rare Donor Program, an organization that searches the world for rare blood donors. But finding compatible donors is immensely challenging, because she's missing a common antigen most people carry in their blood, called "Indian B". InsideEdition.com's Lisa Voyticki has more.

OneBlood says that ideally, it will be able to locate donors of these ethnicities who live in the United States.

Doctors told her parents the tumor in the two-year-old's abdomen had been growing for almost half of her life and would need rapid and involved treatment, including two bone marrow transplants, chemotherapy and a series of blood transfusions.

'We were all crying, ' said Zainab's father Raheel Mughal in an interview with OneBlood. They also need to have a blood type of either "A" or "O". Zainab's parents learned that she has high-risk neuroblastoma and the doctors think the tumor inside the child's belly may have been growing for at least 10 months. So far, more than 1,000 local donations, as well as donations from other parts of the country, have been tested and no additional matches have been identified. If they are identified as a match for Zainab, "the donor will be added to a list of potential donors for Zainab and asked to schedule future appointments for donation, as needs are dictated by her ongoing treatment", according to a news release. "We now have to provide more specialty matched blood for this child", said OneBlood reference laboratory manager Frieda Bright.

Sandra Nance, senior director of the ARDP, explained that OneBlood has tracked approximately 59 types of rare blood with more than 120,000 donors on the registry.

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Zainab's family has expressed their gratitude for efforts to help her.

But her treatment has been complicated after doctors discovered she has a blood mutation - meaning she has one of the rarest blood types in the world. "The blood's not going to cure her, but the blood's very, very important to support her while she undergoes the treatment for this particular cancer".

"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is wonderful", her father said.

"It's a humble request, and I request it from my heart", Mughal said in a video produced by OneBlood. So, please, donate the blood for my daughter'.

'My daughter's life very much depends on the blood.

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