Meet little Zainab. She has neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer and is in need of extremely rare blood.
Zainab’s blood is missing a common antigen that the majority of people have in their red blood cells. That antigen is called “Indian B.” The matching donor would need to be missing their Indian B antigen and have blood types “O” or “A”.
Thousands of local and national donations have been tested to match her blood; but of those, only four people have her rare blood type. She will need at least seven to 10 donors because she’ll require ongoing blood transfusions for an undetermined amount of time.
Statistically, the only people who are likely to be a match are exclusive of Iranian, Indian or Pakistani descent. Even among those groups, only four percent are missing the Indian B antigen, according to Oneblood, the group that is working to find donors for Zainab.
If you are of South Asian descent, or you know someone who may have the rare blood type that can save little Zainab’s life, please click here to find out if you are a match.
You must meet the following criteria to be a potential match for Zainab:
- MUST be exclusively Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent – meaning the donor’s birth parents are both 100% Pakistani, Indian or Iranian
- MUST be blood type “O” or “A”
- All donations for Zainab must be coordinated with OneBlood in advance to ensure the additional compatibility testing is performed.
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