Arizona

Dec 3, 2012 4:51 PM by Associated Press

Police: Girl may die if not returned to hospital

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities in Arizona say a young girl with leukemia and a heart catheter could die if she is not brought back to a Phoenix hospital after her parents inexplicably removed her from the facility last week.

Phoenix police are asking anyone with information to come forward. Health privacy laws prevent them from releasing their names.

The 11-year old girl authorities are only calling Emily had been receiving chemotherapy at Phoenix Children's Hospital for about a month.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos says an infection forced doctors to amputate her right arm and insert a heart catheter. The device was set to be taken out before her mother removed an IV from the girl and walked her out of the hospital Wednesday night.

Martos says the catheter could cause a deadly infection.

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