|Child cancer patient taken out of hospital|
(Scroll down for video) A little child who was undergoing cancer treatment in a hospital, was suddenly snatched, and officials said that the girl is in imminent danger of dying, according to press reports.
Arizona Police are desperately searching for the 11-year-old leukemia patient, who was abducted from a Phoenix hospital by her mother the day before she was scheduled to be discharged.
The authorities are concerned about the welfare of the child as they fear that a catheter in her heart could soon become infected and threaten her life.
"We have been advised by medical staff that if the catheter is not medically removed the victim's heart could become infected resulting in the child's death," police spokesperson Steve Martos said.
The girl named Emily, recently had her right arm amputated due to an infection. A surveillance video shows Emily and her mother, identified by police as Norma, leaving the Phoenix Children's Hospital at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Emily's mother removed the girl's IV catheter and changed her clothes before leaving the hospital.
"We do not know why they left," Martos said. "Our main concern is the safety of the child."
The search for Emily and her parents has been a difficult task, as the family, who are from Mexico, have no local records listed in Arizona. Detectives are looking both locally and out of state.
"In this particular case, we have an 11-year-old girl, who cannot decide for herself," Martos said. "Her parents are now putting her at risk by not providing that the last part of the medical care she needs."