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Houchin Community Blood Bank helps in search for rare donors to save child

Media credit: CBS News, Handout/Family, OneBlood Lab

NOTE: Bakersfield's Houchin Community Blood Bank on Wednesday put out a call to local donors in an effort to find a match for this little girl.

A story from The Associated Press is below with details on this Florida child’s situation.

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MIAMI (AP) — A worldwide search is on to find blood donors with a rare genetic variation to help save a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling cancer.

Zainab Mughal has neuroblastoma and needs life-saving transfusions. But finding compatible donors is immensely challenging, because she's missing a common antigen most people carry in their blood, called "Indian B."

Florida-based OneBlood says the donors must have "A'' or "O'' type blood and be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian; and that even within these ethnic groups, fewer than 4 percent of people have the genetic variation.

Three donors have been found thus far, including a person in England, but Zainab will need more blood than they can provide.

OneBlood is offering to coordinate compatibility testing anywhere in the world.

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