NY donor gives rare blood to tot
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.