2-year-old girl battling cancer needs extremely rare blood

2-year-old girl battling cancer needs extremely rare blood

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

A 2-year-old Florida girl with cancer needs transfusions of an extremely rare blood type “for the foreseeable future,” according to a blood-donation organization conducting a worldwide search for enough donors to meet her needs.

OneBlood, a Florida-based nonprofit, is seeking potential donors for Zainab, who is battling neuroblastoma and whose blood is missing a common antigen, called Indian B. If Zainab receives blood with this antigen, her body will reject it, according to OneBlood.

The missing antigen “is so rare that honestly this is the first time I’ve seen it in the 20 years I’ve been doing this,” said OneBlood lab manager Frieda Bright.

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