Five Donors Found for Zainab
The collective efforts of OneBlood, the American Rare Donor Program and the entire blood banking community resulted in a total of five compatible donors for Zainab. Two from the United States, two from the United Kingdom and one from Australia.
The five donors consistently donated each time they were eligible. Their unit of blood was then shipped to OneBlood and was available for Zainab. These five donors played a significant role in saving Zainab’s life. Over the course of her treatment, Zainab received more than a dozen blood and platelet transfusions. Doctors say it would not have been possible for her to have endured the chemotherapy, surgery and two bone marrow transplants without the blood.
Diversity of the Blood Supply
Zainab’s story has brought unprecedented global attention to the need for a diverse blood supply. There are many other patients, just like Zainab who have extraordinarily rare blood needs. Finding compatible blood for these patients comes down to genetics. The only way to find specially matched blood for these patients is to increase the diversity of the donor population.
Zainab Turns Four Years Old
A year-and-a-half after being diagnosed with cancer, Zainab is in remission and recently celebrated her fourth birthday.