NY donor gives rare blood to tot

New York Daily News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - BY LARRY MCSHANE

It’s like find­ing a nee­dle in a mil­lion haystacks — and mirac­u­lously, it just hap­pened in New York.

An uniden­ti­fied lo­cal woman is a blood type match for lit­tle Zainab Mughal, the 2year-old Flor­ida can­cer vic­tim who needs nearly im­pos­si­ble-to-find donors for a life-sav­ing bone mar­row trans­plant. The woman, a new mom who de­liv­ered her child two weeks ago, agreed to do­nate two units of her blood to the tiny pa­tient in the Sun­shine State.

“She has gen­er­ously al­lowed al­lowed her rare units to be sent to Flor­ida,” said Dr. Con­nie Westhoff, ex­ec­u­tive sci­ence di­rec­tor for the New York Blood Cen­ter.

The woman had stored the blood in case it was needed to treat her dur­ing the preg­nancy or de­liv­ery.

“As di­verse as New York is, we’ve only see three peo­ple with this blood type in the last 15 years,” said Westhoff.

“But since we are so di­verse, the like­li­hood of find­ing a com­pat­i­ble donor in New York is the high­est.”

Tar­geted blood drives in New York, Flor­ida and other lo­ca­tions are planned in an ef­fort to iden­tify the few and far be­tween matches needed for Zainab to sur­vive. An in­ter­na­tional hunt for the right blood was also un­der­way.

Peo­ple of Ira­nian, In­dian and Pak­istani de­scent are the like­li­est matches, yet of­fi­cials say only 4% of po­ten­tial donors from those eth­nic groups will make be pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“This is the best re­gion in the coun­try to find some­body for her,” said Westhoff.

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