Police in Arizona are searching for a 11-year-old child who went missing from the cancer ward of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital last Wednesday.
Police are not giving out the families last name, but the 11-year-old girl was known as Emily and the mother, who was caught on video leaving the hospital with the child, is known as Norma.
Surveillance video shows, Norma walking a clothed Emily, still attached to her IV machine out of the hospital’s cancer ward last Wednesday at 10:30am, a day before the child was to be discharged after receiving treatment for leukemia, and had to have her right arm amputated due to an infection.
The hospital and police are concerned for the welfare of the child due to a catheter in Emily’s heart that could become infected and endanger her life.
“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.”
“She was wearing a wig, which is not unusual , a lot of our cancer patients wear wigs,” a nurse supervisor said, describing how Emily left the hospital undetected. “She wasn’t wearing a wig when she went into the bathroom though and then she was wearing a wig when she came out and she was actually covering her right arm, the amputated arm.”
Police are having a hard time locating the mother and daughter, due to the fact that they are from Mexico and are not listed in Arizona records, the only thing police know is that the mother and daughter were seen leaving the hospital in a black van. Police say that Norma also detached Emily from th IV just before exciting the hospital.