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Young patient with leukemia taken from hospital

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Police are looking for an 11-year-old girl with leukemia who was taken from Phoenix Children's Hospital before her treatment was finished and is in grave danger.

That girl, known only to us as "Emily," could face infection and even death if she does not have a catheter medically removed from her heart.

Police were called to the hospital about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. They were notified that an 11-year-old girl was brought to the hospital by her parents to receive treatment for leukemia. A chest catheter was placed into her heart, and the 11-year-old had to have an arm amputated due to infection.

For some unknown reason, the girl's mother decided to remove her IV from the catheter, change her clothes, and take her out of the hospital.

Doctors say the girl could die if doctors don't remove the catheter. What's strange about this is that she was due to be released Friday morning.

The parents are known only as "Norma" and "Luis" due to patient privacy laws -- and police don't know where they live.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the family is asked to call police immediately. At this point, officers are focusing on the child's welfare -- it's not known whether or not the parents could face charges.

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