International Search for Rare Blood Donor to Save 2 Year Old Cancer Patient


Zainab Mughal desperately needs help! She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of pediatric cancer that develops around nerve tissue, and now requires blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants to stay alive. To make matters worse, she possesses an extremely rare blood type which is missing a common antigen, called “Indian B” (Inb).

Neither her parents nor any of her relatives are a match so the search area was gradually extended, from local to national and now worldwide.

To be a suitable donor, candidates should have either blood type “O” or “A”, and most likely be of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent. Statistically, only 4% of these populations also share the same genetic configuration.

OneBlood, a nonprofit blood center, is working closely with the family and helping with the coordinating efforts and all testing. So far, three matches have been found, two from the United States and one person from the United Kingdom. Unfortunately this is not enough, as Zainab will need blood transfusions for the foreseeable future. Ideally, there would be at least seven to ten compatible donors.

To see if you are compatible, go to the OneBlood page created for Zainab.

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. Even if you do not meet the criteria, you can still help by creating awareness and sharing her story. It’s the least you can do to possibly save a life.