New Yorker donates extremely rare blood to save Florida tot

January 13, 2019 - 1:50 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – A New Yorker is donating blood to a Florida toddler with a very rare blood type who needs donors for a bone marrow transplant.

The woman hasn’t been identified, but a doctor at the New York Blood Center told the Daily News they’ve only seen this blood type in three people in the last 15 years.

The blood is for 2-year-old cancer patient Zainab Mughal, who needs frequent blood transfusions for treatment of her aggressive neuroblastoma.

The New York woman, who recently had a child herself, has donated two units of blood.

That blood is in addition to several other donors, including a person from England, who have donated to Zainab – but the little girl will need much more blood.

A worldwide search has been on since last month to find blood donors for Zainab. It’s hard to do because she’s missing a common antigen most people carry called “Indian B.”

OneBlood says her donors have to be “A” or “O” type blood and be Pakistani, Indian or Iranian; less than 4 percent of people in those ethnic groups have that genetic variation.