A pregnant woman faces a £7,400 bill to give birth after being stranded in the UK due to the coronavirus crisis.
After arriving to Lincolnshire in January she became stranded with her husband because of the pandemic.
Aman Marshall and her husband Andrew who live in China were initially unable to return home due to lockdown.
She now has to pay the huge sum of money to give birth in the UK, or go back to China without her husband as he is a British citizen.
Andrew, 38, said what was meant to be a “short five-week holiday” has turned into a nightmare which could result in them being apart for the birth of their child, reports GrimsbyLive.
Aman, 28, could be forced out of the UK in August when her visa runs out – and she’ll have to return to China without her husband because he is a British citizen.
Even if Aman's visa is extended to allow her to give birth in Lincolnshire, the couple will be left saddled with a £7,400 bill to give birth in an NHS hospital because Aman is not a resident of the UK, reports Lincolnshire Live.
"We came over for a short five-week holiday to see family and to see if we might like to move over in a couple of years," said Andrew.
"If we decided we would [be moving here], we were going to go back to China and work through the checklist needed for residency over the next two years.
"We got here in January and in February the news about the pandemic was coming out of China.
Due to the pandemic, the couple's flight back to China on February 18 was cancelled. They were then booked onto a later flight on April 11, but that was cancelled too.
The flight cancellations and the subsequent Government lockdown in the UK led to Aman's visitor's visa being extended to July 31.
It has since been extended a second time until the end of August, but anyone who has stayed in the UK for more than 30 days after their visa expires faces deportation, which means Aman could be forced to go back to China.
"We were waiting to see what would happen and then Aman fell pregnant," Andrew added.
"We registered her in Nettleham and she went to the hospital for her first check up - she's due in October.
"Because of the pandemic we weren't allowed in the check up, so it was just her. Her English is good, but she shouldn't be alone.
"I had helped her write down some questions and we waited for her for five hours.
"She said an overseas officer from the NHS came in to the room and just started asking questions and saying we would have to pay."
Andrew said he hadn't realised the couple would have to pay for Aman's care, which would cost a minimum of £7,400.
To add to their woes, the couple say they have been left in the dark about whether Aman's visa will be extended automatically by the Government due to the extenuating circumstances.
Andrew said: "I've been trying to get more information - we've contacted our MP, Sir Edward Leigh, and rang up the Home Office helpline.
The couple say they have been left with two options - apply to extend Aman's visa claiming exceptional circumstances and pay for her maternity treatment in the UK, or book her onto a very costly flight back to China.
Andrew says while Aman could go back to China on flight, the Government would not let him back amid the pandemic as he is not a Chinese citizen, meaning she would be on her own.
Andrew's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of applying for a new visa for Aman and to help cover the cost of her care.
You can donate to the couple's GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-trapped-mum-give-birth-to-her-baby.