In high school we learned that human blood is categorized in groups, namely- ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘O’, and ‘AB’. Be that as it may, coming generations may have a different syllabus and instead of learning about four major blood groups may be learn about five.
A new blood group has been found in India. The blood samples were taken in a laboratory in Gujarat, and they were found to be absolutely unique. They could be categorized in any of the four blood group categories. Therefore the blood type has been named by the doctors as ‘INRA’. The first two letters stand for India, the latter two letters indicate the name of the person who was found with this unique blood. According to some news sources even World Health Organization (WHO) has certified the blood group type.
This blood type was first tested at Surat’s Lok Samparn Raktdan laboratory. The test was done by a team of doctors comprising of Dr. Sanmukh Joshi, Dr. Kinjal Mendpara, and Dr. Ankit Sheldiya. The report of the blood test left this trio baffled, as this had never before happened. They later forwarded the blood sample to WHO lab, which has validated the fact that it is indeed a unique and new blood sample. But as appealing as the new blood group sounds it has left the medical fraternity at Surat in dismay. The doctors have decided to conduct blood tests of the other members in the person’s family who was found with unique blood sample.
Anyway, the more important thing in this occurrence is that this person who has been found with the unique blood sample INRA cannot donate his blood to anyone or receive blood from anyone. His body wouldn’t accept blood of any other sample.
The doctors have described this condition of the person as amongst the seven people found in the world who happen to have unique blood sample i.e. blood type not matching with anyone else’s. Dr. Sanmukh Joshi says that such people are included under the medical term known a ‘COLTOL’. Apart from the said seven blood samples, there is also ‘Bombay’ blood group, whose members are stated to be 1 in 7000.