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Florida toddler battling cancer in need of extremely rare blood gets some help, needs more

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Posted at 1:46 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 13:47:01-05

MIAMI (AP) — A New York woman with a rare blood type is donating two units to help treat a 2-year-old South Florida girl with cancer.

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News outlets report the woman had stored her own blood while pregnant in case she needed a transfusion during her delivery. The blood wasn't needed and the woman agreed to give it to Zainab Mughal, who has neuroblastoma.

Susan Forbes of Florida-based OneBlood says the woman isn't eligible to donate more so soon after giving birth. The blood center is seeking more donors for the girl, who lacks a feature common to most types of blood. The donor must be of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent and have type A or O blood.