Ariz. police search for missing cancer patient
11-year-old leukemia patient was taken out of hospital by her mother
By Alyssa Newcomb
PHOENIX — The welfare of a missing 11-year-old leukemia patient who was taken from a Phoenix hospital by her mother the day before she was scheduled to be discharged is the prime concern for authorities, who fear a catheter in the girl’s heart could become infected and endanger her life.
The patient, who is known as Emily, recently battled an infection and had her right arm amputated. Surveillance video captured Emily, a young boy, and Emily’s mother, who police are only identifying as Norma, walking out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
“In this particular case, we have again an 11-year-old girl who can’t really decide for herself,” said Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department. “Her parents are now removing her from the hospital and putting her in danger by not providing that last bit of medical attention that she needs.”