By Cecilia Chan and Domenico Nicosia, The Republic
Phoenix police is asking for the public's help in finding an 11-year-old girl who was removed by her parents from a hospital, where she was being treated for leukemia.
Surveillance tape shows the girl, named Emily, being walked out of Phoenix Children's Hospital at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday by her 35-year-old mother, Norma.
Police said the child left with her mother and 46-year-old father, Luis, possibly in a black Ford van.
The girl, who is Hispanic, was brought to the hospital for treatment of leukemia, police said.
During treatment, a chest catheter was placed into the little girl's heart. She also had to have her arm amputated due to infection, officials said.
For unknown reasons, the mother decided to remove the IV from the catheter, changed the child's clothing and walked her out of the hospital, police said.
"We have been informed by medical personnel if the catheter is not medically removed the victim's heart could potentially become infected resulting in the child's death," police spokesman Steve Martos said.
Martos said detectives have made every effort to locate the child and her family to no avail.
Detectives searched locally and out of state.
The girl was scheduled to be released from the hospital Thursday morning, Martos said. "We don't know why they left."
Authorities have not yet released the family's full names because they do not want the parents to be afraid to return to a medical facility and get the catheter medically removed, he said.
"Our primary concern is for the safety of the girl," Martos said.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the individuals is asked to contact Phoenix police.