OneBlood says it's working closely with other blood centers as well as the American Rare Donor Program, which helps search the globe for donors with rare blood types. The toddler is now seeking treatment at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
First diagnosed with high-risk Neuroblastoma a few weeks ago, family and doctors believe it was growing in Zainab's stomach for at least 10 months. This is because Zainab's blood type is extremely hard to find as it is devoid of an antigen called "Indian B", that is present in most people in their red blood cells.
Must be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent - meaning the donor's birth parents are both 100% Pakistani, Indian or Iranian. She's going to require a substantial number of blood transfusions during upcoming cancer treatments, so the OneBlood nonprofit blood distributor has opened up a worldwide search for donors.
Must be blood type "O" or "A". For a person to be a possible match for Zainab, they must also be missing the Indian B antigen or the little girl's body will reject the blood.
So far, three donors have been located - one of whom lives in the United Kingdom.
"The possibility of us finding a compatible donor for this little girl within the right ethnic group we want to screen is less than four percent", Frieda Bright, OneBlood's Reference Laboratory Manager said.
- OneBlood reported on Monday that they are searching worldwide for some of the rarest blood in the world, as it is needed to save a a two-year-old South Florida girl.
Her dad told OneBlood that he, his wife and most of their families donated, but were not a match.
Her parents' blood is not compatible, said the child's father Raheel Mughal.
"What you're doing to save a human life, my daughter's life, is unbelievable", shared Mughal.