The hh blood, popularly known as the Bombay blood group, is one of the rarest blood types in the world. It was discovered in Bombay in 1952 by Dr. Y.M. Bhende. Now, 64 years later, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly certified a blood group the kind of which is nowhere else in the world. And the group has been found in Surat, Gujarat.
Named ‘INRA’ by the doctors, the unique blood group has been named by combining the first two letters of India (IN) and the two initials of the person (RA) whose group it is.
The downside is that the person with the rare blood type will neither be able to donate nor receive blood from any of the other known groups – A, B, O and AB.
Dainik Bhaskar reports
that the person with the unique group was tested by doctors at Surat’s Lok Samparn Raktdan
laboratory, who discovered to their shock that the blood type was unidentifiable.
Dr. Sanmukh Joshi, one of teh doctors who discovered the type. Dainik Bhaskar
They then sent the sample to the International Blood Group Reference Laboratory (IBGRL), a research laboratory of the WHO.
The lab then validated that the group was indeed unique. Since the doctors are still researching on the blood type, the person’s name has been withheld. With INRA blood group, India is now the origin of two of the world’s rare blood types.