Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Costumes, Toys Help Ease Tumour Stress

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Costumes, Toys Help Ease Tumour Stress

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Byline: Michelle Gately michelle.gately@capnews.com.au

KATRINA Mauger's daughter seemed to be a perfectly happy and healthy four-year-old.

But the family's world was turned upside down when Miami-Lee was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

After experiencing symptoms including vomiting in her sleep, headaches, painful pressure in her ears while swimming and small seizures, Miami-Lee was referred to specialists in Brisbane for an MRI.

Scans revealed a tumour covering a large part of Miami-Lee's brain, intertwining with healthy tissue.

Unable to operate, doctors told Katrina the best outcome would be to stabilise or shrink the tumour through chemotherapy.

And while the last year has left Katrina stressed and uncertain about the future, yesterday she was happy to see her little girl smiling once again.

Miami-Lee was the first child to benefit from a donation of special gowns and hats from Leinster Place's dementia unit Azar House to the Leukaemia Foundation. …

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