Sick girl who left Phoenix hospital appears safe

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm •  Published: December 12, 2012
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"These are some of the red flags that cause us some concern," Martos said. "Obviously there are questions we have as to how well they have been taking care of this child."

The mother, Norma Bracamontes, appeared with her daughter Wednesday on ABC and blamed the hospital for complications that led to her daughter's arm being amputated. The family and Emily were being intimidated by the hospital over bills, she said.

"Emily, you're not going to go home because your mom and dad, they haven't filled (out) all the forms, so blame them that you're going to remain here stuck in the hospital," Norma Bracamontes said hospital officials told her daughter.

Phoenix Children's Hospital released a statement Wednesday, saying privacy laws prevent officials from disclosing patients' financial information or details regarding treatment.

"However, we steadfastly disagree with the assertions brought forth regarding the quality of care Emily received and will vigorously defend our actions regarding her treatment," the statement read.

Hospital spokeswoman Debra Stevens said clinical decisions are never based on ability to pay and Phoenix Children's provides services either free or at reduced rates to patients who can't afford them.

"Emily's health and well-being continues to be our primary concern," Stevens said in an email to the AP. "Children with her condition require ongoing treatment and monitoring, so we invite her current physician to contact Emily's Phoenix Children's pediatric oncologist to ensure continuity of care. This is customary when a patient seeks a second opinion or moves from inpatient to outpatient care."

Emily's father, Luis Bracamontes, said last week in an interview with NBC News that his daughter was safe and being treated by doctors in Mexico.

"Unfortunately they are still being uncooperative with us," Martos said. "It's bizarre that they will talk to the media but at this point are unwilling to talk to investigators."