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Missing leukemia patient gives interview

PHOENIX — An 11-year-old leukemia patient whose whereabouts have been unclear since her mother unexpectedly took her from a Phoenix hospital last month appeared to be safe and cared for, according to an interview broadcast Wednesday.

Phoenix police have been searching for Emily Bracamontes since surveillance video showed her with her mother walking out of Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Nov. 28. Authorities said she could have died from an infection because she had a tube known as a catheter inserted into her heart to provide medication.

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

Phoenix Children’s Hospital released a statement saying that privacy laws prevent officials from disclosing patients’ financial information or details regarding treatment. However, the hospital disputed the allegations.

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