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The mother who took her cancer-stricken daughter from Phoenix Children's Hospital with a catheter still in her heart defended her actions, saying the hospital intimidated the family about paying the bill.
Surveillance video captured Norma Bracamontes walking out of the hospital with her daughter Emily, 11, on Nov. 28 at 10:30 p.m. along with a young boy.
Bracamontes said the hospital not only threatened her family, but they made threats to Emily as she battled leukemia.
"Emily, you're not going to go home cause your mom and your dad haven't filled all the forms, so blame them that you're going to be here stuck in the hospital," Norma Bracamontes told ABC News imitating an unnamed hospital official.
Bracamontes said in addition to the intimidation, the hospital provided insufficient care when her daughter became ill with the MRSA virus, which led to Emily's arm being amputated.
The Phoenix Children's Hospital released a statement to ABC News, saying, "Our policy is to provide services either free of charge or at a reduced amount to patients who are not able to pay for services."
In regards to the MRSA infection, the hospital said, "We steadfastly disagree with the assertions brought forth regarding the quality of care Emily received."
Emily Bracamontes and her family are back home in Mexico continuing her fight against leukemia, and she credits her mother with saving her life.
"She saved my life