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Extremely rare blood needed to help South Florida toddler

Zainab, a 2-year-old South Florida girl battling an aggressive form of cancer, needs rare blood.

OneBlood, a not-for-profit blood center serving Florida and other parts of the southeast, is leading a worldwide search to find some of the rarest blood in the world for Zainab’s neuroblastoma.

Zainab’s blood is rare because she is missing a common antigen most people carry on their red blood cells. The antigen is called Indian B. For a person to be a possible match for Zainab, they must also be missing the Indian B antigen, or the little girl’s body will reject the blood. Locating people who are missing the Indian B antigen comes down to genetics, a news release said.

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