Why would a mother do this? Police are looking for an 11-year-old leukemia patient whose mother removed her from a Phoenix, Arizona hospital where she was being treated last week. Security cameras show the mother leading the daughter, still attached to an IV, past the hospital elevators. They went into a bathroom, where the mother removed the IV and the patient changed her clothes. Then they left.
The patient, named Emily, was scheduled to leave the hospital on Thursday. But here's the really scary part: That IV was attached to a catheter in Emily's heart. If not properly removed Emily could get a potentially deadly infection. Her doctors are worried that she could be in grave danger.
The search for Emily and her family is especially difficult because they are from Mexico and don't have any records in Arizona. So they could be over the border by now. Emily had just had an arm amputated because of an infection -- you would think that might make her a little easier to spot. But of course, that would also be easy enough to disguise, too. Of course, an adult is free to refuse treatment and leave a hospital at any time. But since Emily is a child her parents could face criminal charges for endangering her life.
I feel like there's a lot more to this story than we know so far. This just seems like an insane thing for Emily's parents to do. What else was going on that would cause them to run out of the hospital this way? Were they worried about paying their hospital bills? Did the parents feel the hospital was mistreating their daughter? Was there some other emergency calling the family elsewhere?
I wonder, too, if there was a language barrier. Maybe the mother didn't realize how dangerous it was to remove her daughter's catheter. Maybe there was some misunderstanding between her and the girl's doctors and the mother was angry or frustrated. I think parents all over who are following this story are hoping there's a reason why this family made such a desperate move. I'm just hoping Emily is found soon, before it's too late. But it doesn't look good so far.
What do you think would lead a parent to remove their child from the hospital early like this?
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