Girl Pulled From Hospital Safe in Mexico: Parents

Probe continues as leukemia patient speaks to media

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 13, 2012 8:34 AM CST

(Newser) – A girl whose mom whisked her out of a Phoenix hospital against the advice of those treating the 11-year-old for leukemia is now receiving medical care in Mexico, her parents say. Doctors remain worried about the possibility of deadly infection tied to her chest catheter if she doesn't receive proper care, but Emily Bracamontes seems to be safe for now, the AP notes: She spoke to Good Morning America in an unidentified medical building. "I am here, and it kind of feels good because the doctors really love me so much," she said. Police say they'll remain on the case until they get proof she's safe.

When Emily first came to the Phoenix hospital, she was in "unbelievably horrible medical shape," says a police sergeant who wants the family to "provide us with information that Emily is not at risk of dying due to infection." Officials are looking into the possibility of "neglect or abuse." Meanwhile, the mother says the hospital is responsible for complications that forced Emily's arm to be amputated; Norma Bracamontes says the staff has also bullied the family regarding bills. The hospital says it will "vigorously defend our actions regarding her treatment."

FILE - In this file hospital surveillance photo released by the Phoenix Police Department on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, Norma Bracamontes walks with her 11-year-old daughter, Emily, rear, a leukemia patient who had her arm amputated and a heart catheter inserted due to an infection, and another child at Phoenix...
FILE - In this file hospital surveillance photo released by the Phoenix Police Department on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, Norma Bracamontes walks with her 11-year-old daughter, Emily, rear, a leukemia patient...   (AP Photo/Phoenix Police Department, File)
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