LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is in search to find extremely rare blood donors for a 2-year-old cancer patient.
LifeSouth has partnered with the Huntsville Islamic Center to help find baby Zainab matching blood donors. The 2-year-old from Florida is battling cancer. Her blood type is very rare because she is missing an antigen called “Indian B,” which most people carry on their red blood cells.
“When you’re looking at blood typing, usually if you have a similar ethnic background or descent you’re more likely to be a match, so they’re looking for donors who are Pakistani, Iranian or Indian descent,” explained Eric Franchois with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.
Zainab needs about seven to 10 donors worldwide to be a match, so she can receive regular blood transfusions.
The blood drive to help Zainab find donors will be held at the Huntsville Islamic Center, 1645 Sparkman Rd. on Sunday, December 16, from 9 am to 4 pm. Donors will need to let the LifeSouth staff know they are donating for Zainab.
Those who are unable to attend the blood drive can call 1-800-795-2707 to schedule an appointment to donate or find a blood drive or donor center.