FLORIDA – Surely Bklyner treats stories of Brooklyn, but this story was too important to give up. Zainab Mughal, an adorable two-year-old baby needs blood to survive. The socket? The blood he is looking for is rare.
Could you be his partner?
Zainab has an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma. She was diagnosed two months ago, but the tumor was growing in her stomach for almost 10 months. He is undergoing chemotherapy and his tumor is shrinking, but he still needs frequent blood transfusions to help fight cancer.
What makes his blood so rare is that there is no Indian antigen B in his red blood cells. The problem is that most people have the Indian B antigen, which is why it is so difficult to find someone who does not. Both his parents, as well as many family members, have been tested and are not compatible.
According to OneBlood, a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) working to provide "safe, available and affordable blood" This is the criterion you must meet to donate blood to little Zainab:
- Must be at the 100% Indian, Pakistani or Iranian (having two parents coming from there).
- The type of blood must be "O" or "A" otherwise, the body of Zainab will reject the blood.
- All donations for Zainab must be coordinated in advance with OneBlood to ensure that additional compatibility tests are performed.
"Of [the Indian, Pakistani, and Iranian] populations, less than four percent of people lack the Indian B antigen," OneBlood said. This is why the people of these descents are statistically more likely to correspond with Zainab.
This is also the reason why we ask our readers to check if they could be a correspondence. There are thousands of Pakistani, Indian and Iranian people in Brooklyn.
This has become a worldwide research. So far, 1,000 people from the three runs donated blood to see if they could be donors, OneBlood said. And so far three corresponding donors have been identified; one comes from the United Kingdom and the other two from the United States.
But it's not enough.
"We will need at least seven or ten donors that we can organize and coordinate to donate Zainab's treatment course," said Frieda Bright, a head of the reference laboratory at OneBlood. This is because Zainab should undergo several blood transfusions.
"Blood will not cure itself, but blood is very, very, very important to support it while undergoing treatment for this particular tumor," said Bright. .
"My daughter's life depends very much on blood," said Zainab's father, Raheel Mughal. "It's a humble request and I ask it from my heart."
To take the test or to find more information, you can visit the Zainab page on OneBlood.