Sick Girl In Mexico: Leukemia Patient Emily Bracamontes Kidnapped By Parents After Doctors Amputate Arm

By Amir Khan on December 5, 2012 12:41 PM EST

Leukemia Patient
A leukemia patient was kidnapped from her hospital bed by her parents, seen here on security footage (Photo: Reuters)

A leukemia patient who was kidnapped from her Arizona hospital was apparently kidnapped by her own parents, who said they kidnapped the leukemia patient to save her life. Emily Bracamontes was in Phoenix Children's Hospital for over a month battling leukemia, when her mother removed her IV, changed her clothes, and took her to Mexico.

The parents said they kidnapped leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes and took her to Mexico because they feared for their daughter's life. Emily Bracamontes contracted an infection while staying in the hospital, which resulted in doctors having to amputate her arm.

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"They [the doctors] told my wife that she already had [the infection]," leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes' father said, according to NBC News. "That's not true. Her arm was healthy."

Phoenix Children's Hospital could not discuss leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes due to confidentiality laws, according to the Daily Mail, but urged leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes' parents to bring her back. They said that leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes has a catheter in her heart and unless it removed, it could cause a deadly infection.

"If she contracts an infection, it really could just be a matter of days that could result in the young girl's death. It's pretty serious," Phoenix Police's Steve Martos said, according to the Daily Mail.

With their insurance running out, leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes' mother said she had no choice but to remove leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes from the hospital, which was putting pressure on the family over their medical bills, she said.

The family, which was described as "nomadic," has no permanent residence, but has family in Arizona, California and Mexico. And although there have not been and criminal charges filed yet in leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes' kidnapping, police officials said neglect charges could be filed.

Anyone with information on the location of leukemia patient Emily Bracamontes is urged to call the Phoenix Police Department at (602) 262-7626.

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