Girl Sought After Mom Sneaks Her Out of Hospital
If she isn't brought back, she could die in days: police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2012 9:13 AM CST
In this hospital surveillance photo, a woman is seen with her 11-year-old daughter. Authorities say the woman inexplicably took the girl from the hospital last week.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Authorities are looking for an 11-year-old girl with leukemia and a heart catheter who they say could die in a matter of days if she isn't brought back to the hospital from which her parents removed her last week. Authorities say the girl, Emily, had been receiving chemotherapy at Phoenix Children's Hospital for about a month. An infection forced doctors to amputate her right arm and insert a catheter in her heart. The device was set to be taken out before her mother removed an IV from the girl, changed her clothes, and walked her out of the hospital Wednesday night. Police said if the catheter is left in too long, it could lead to a deadly infection.

Authorities had been stymied by health privacy laws that kept them from releasing the parents' names, but police said yesterday that the US Border Patrol stopped the girl's father, Luis Bracamontes, 46, as he crossed into Arizona from Mexico over the weekend. Police say the man provided no clues to the girl's whereabouts and denied having any involvement in removing her from the hospital. They released his name, along with that of the girl's mother, Norma Bracamontes, 35, in hopes it will help locate the child. The family reportedly lives a "nomadic" life without a permanent residence.

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Dec 5, 2012 6:36 PM CST
So no one ever said the family were even illegal's. I wish people would think before they type, this is a child for god sake not a wanted murderer. On a side note while I personally would not have made this choice for my own child in such a predicament, we do and should have the freedom to choose what care we wish and do not wish to recieve for ourselves and our children. No hospital should EVER have the authority to retain an individual or force unwanted care upon them. While the child's health MAY be at risk and i do not agree with there personal choice i do agree with there rights to make such a choice. None of you nor I know there full story or have walked in there shoes, the child may have even been close to demise and the parents may have wanted her to be able to die in peace and comfort at home.No one truley knows and to simply assume is ignorant bliss....
Dec 4, 2012 7:15 PM CST
I bet there is more to this story than somebody is telling.
Dec 4, 2012 12:00 PM CST
'The family reportedly lives a "nomadic" life without a permanent residence' You mean illegal?