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Mum of girl, 5, tells of brain cancer battle

FIND A CURE: Young Miami-Lee Mauger, 5, and her mum Katrina Mauger spend time out of their busy day together. Miami-Lee is fighting brain cancer.
FIND A CURE: Young Miami-Lee Mauger, 5, and her mum Katrina Mauger spend time out of their busy day together. Miami-Lee is fighting brain cancer. Austin King

IN peak traffic on Lakes Creek Road, Katrina Mauger watched in horror as her five-year-old daughter's eyes rolled into the back of her head.

With nowhere to pull her car over, the Rockhampton mum had no choice but to endure the pain of watching her little girl tilt back her head and start frothing at the mouth.

In peak-hour traffic, on a busy Rockhampton road, Miami-Lee was having a seizure in the back seat of her mum's car.

Katrina was to find out later, after a few visits to the doctor and several more seizures, that her daughter had a brain tumour.

Katrina wants Premier Campbell Newman and his government to focus more on providing funding for research into a cure for brain cancer.

She hopes to raise her concerns, of a "lack of investment into researching brain cancer cures", with Mr Newman when he visits Rockhampton for the Community Cabinet meeting in two weeks.

"It was an absolutely horrible experience ... I never want to go through that again," Katrina said.

Following her daughter's seizure, Katrina flicked on her hazard lights and immediately called 000.

She then raced to Rockhampton Hospital where doctors immediately tended to Miami-Lee.

Katrina said her daughter first showed signs something was wrong when she started having headaches.

The brain tumour was so serious it put pressure on Miami-Lees brain stem, which affects her breathing.

Doctors prescribed her medication to stop the seizures.

But, the young girl still has to battle the effects of chemotherapy.

And, despite this ongoing treatment, there is no cure for Miami-Lee's condition.

Katrina hopes to get the chance to speak with Mr Newman at the meeting, which will be held at Frenchville State School on September 14.

A Queensland Department of Health spokeswoman said the State Government spent $63 million on medical research last year.

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