A woman who survived being forced to drive a car in a terrifying crash in a UK city has been granted asylum by the Government.
The woman was found in hospital suffering from injuries to her neck, arm and back after the crash on a public highway near Brighton on February 17.
She was flown to hospital by ambulance to receive medical treatment but the vehicle she was driving was unable to withstand the pressure, which left her severely injured.
Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Ms Leighton, from Melbourne, said she had no plans to return to Australia.
“I’m not going to stay in this country anymore, I don’t want to,” she said.
Dr David McWilliams from the Royal Melbourne Hospital said Ms Leighton was in stable condition.
He said she suffered head injuries, severe burns, burns to her face, legs and hands and a “significant amount of internal injuries”.
“Her injuries may include fractures to the skull and fractures to her pelvis and legs,” he said.
“She also has a fractured pelvis, a broken femur, a fractured femur and multiple broken ribs.”
Ms McWilliams said the woman would require surgery on her neck and shoulder, and could not walk.
In a statement, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the Department had been in contact with the woman’s family and the woman was being assessed.
“(Ms Leightons) request for refugee status is being assessed in accordance with the Australian Government’s rules and regulations and the best interests of the individual,” the statement said.
Ms Leighton was the second person to be granted asylum in the past month.
Australian journalist Peter Coombs, who was killed in an Australian military helicopter crash in May, was granted refugee status by the Australian government in November.
Mr Coombs was a veteran journalist who covered war and terrorism in the Middle East.