Cancer Girl Safer In Mexico, Say Parents

5 December 2012

A young cancer patient was removed from a Phoenix hospital is doing well and being treated by doctors in Mexico, according to her father.

Emily Bracamontes, who was being treated for leukaemia and recently had an arm amputated and a heart catheter fitted, was taken from her ward exactly a week ago by her mother.

Her disappearance triggered an urgent search, amid fears the cardiac device could become infected and lead to serious complications.

However her parents, Norma and Luis Bracamontes, have told Mexican TV that they simply wanted to protect their 11-year-old daughter from what they called bad medical treatment.

"It was the only way because they had threatened and intimidated her," her mother told Telemundo.

Emily's father, who was detained as he crossed back into the US on Monday, alleged her arm became infected and was partially amputated because of hospital negligence.

"They told my wife that she already had it," Luis Bracamontes said.

"That’s not true. Her arm was healthy."

Emily, who is with her mother at an undisclosed location in Mexico, also spoke briefly to her father during the interview on his mobile phone.

She told him she was feeling fine.

Luis Bracamontes told NBC News on Wednesday that his daughter was receiving treatment from doctors in Mexico.

He continued to blame the Phoenix hospital for the loss of his daughter's arm and says the family was pressured over medical bills.

Officials from the Phoenix Children's Hospital say patient care is not based on ability to pay.

Neither parent is charged with a crime yet, but authorities in the US want the child brought back to the hospital before it is too late.

The girl's father is a Mexican citizen with US residency. Emily and her mother are US citizens.

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