A pregnant woman who was due to be deported to Pakistan last night has won an 11th hour appeal to remain in the country. The woman, who is known only as Sana for legal reasons, had been living in Middlesbrough. She was due to be deported after her application for asylum was turned down but a High Court judge made an emergency injunction preventing her removal less than two hours before her flight was due to take off. She will now remain in the country whilst her case is reviewed. She spoke to ITV Tyne Tees from Yarl's Wood immigration centre before her appeal was granted.
Sana came to this country after a secret marriage when her husband came to study here. When she fell pregnant she told her family about the marriage but she claims they turned against her because she'd she'd gone against their wishes.
An application for asylum made with her husband was turned down but her husband has disappeared and she was to be deported alone. The Opendoor North East charity has been helping her and claims it would have been impossible for her to return to her country at seven months pregnant and without the support of her family.