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Plea for thief to return disabled girl's wheelchair

FULL ON: Mother Emma Taurere with daughters Ivy and Mia, who has lost her chair and seat.
FULL ON: Mother Emma Taurere with daughters Ivy and Mia, who has lost her chair and seat. Vicki Wood

EMMA Taurere has spent the past 10 days housebound after a thief drove off with her car and $15,000 worth of special needs equipment for her daughter Mia who suffers from a rare neurological disorder.

Emma is hardly worried about the car, but the car seat and wheelchair inside the vehicle were the most vital items in their lives.

Mia, seven, suffers from aicardi syndrome, which means she has the mental state of a six-month-old, she is legally blind, suffers up to 40 seizures a day and will never walk or talk.

Emma said the gear was everything to her family.

"It makes things impossible - we can't leave the house (without it)," she said.

"It's been very stressful, very full on.

"If it (the wheelchair and car seat) was left at the (police) station, that would be the most important thing."

Emma unsuspectingly loaded her car with groceries in the Deception Bay Aldi car park on Sunday afternoon, when a man jumped into the driver's seat and took off with her orange XR6 Ford Falcon.

"My keys were in ignition, I popped the boot and started putting my bags in," she said.

"I heard it start, but wasn't sure if it was mine because there are so many cars in that car park.

"Then I saw a head in the driver seat, so I ran around the side of the car and started banging on the windows."

But it was too late.

Emma's friend Rachael Hill has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for new equipment.

"I can't believe the generosity from people," Emma said.

"I'm not sure how to thank people - I want to give them each a big hug."

The driver was involved in petrol drive-off in Marsden later that day.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or if you wish to donate toward Mia's equipment, you can do so at http://www.gofundme.com/4t4n38yk.

Topics:  stolen car wheelchair


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