A Mt. Holly mother gave birth to her sixth child Thursday morning, then appeared at her deportation hearing just a few hours later.
Isaide Serrano, 39, won her cancellation of removal – that means she will be allowed to stay in the United States.
Tearful family and friends surrounded Serrano as she gingerly walked out of court.
Wiping away tears, her daughter Cinthya Serrano said "we're all really happy".
Serrano now has six children who are U.S. citizens, but she came to the country illegally as a 19-year-old.
The government now has 30 days to appeal the decision.
Serrano's lawyer says "the judge determined there was the required amount of hardship to grant the case".
Attorney Chris Greene says the hardship "was her children. One of her children has a medical condition that requires surgery. In the aggregate the Judge determined that that was exceptional, extremely unusual - which is required in these cases".
If the government does not appeal, Serrano will have permanent resident status and receive a green card in the mail.
Serrano gave birth to a boy at 5:08 a.m. and had to be medically cleared to appear at her hearing in U.S. Immigration Court just four hours later.
During an interview in her hospital room at Caromont Health Gaston Memorial Hospital - and through a hospital interpreter - Serrano said she was in a lot pain and could barely walk after delivering baby boy, Jayden.
She was due in court at 10a - but at 8:30a she couldn't change her clothes. Serrano says the nurses helped her get ready.
Serrano says while the post delivery pains were tough, nothing compared to the agony of leaving her newborn. "It was difficult because I couldn't have my baby with me", she said.
Serrano made it to Immigration Court in Charlotte on time. She says the last two years of waiting for a final decision about deportation were "very hard". And heading into court "she was thinking about what was going to happen".
Attorney Greene says the case was very close. "For this judge - he was right on the fence and I think what really tipped him over the edge was her and her presence here today in spite of giving birth hours ago. That was very impressive to him".
After her appearance before the Immigration Judge, Serrano had to go the Immigration office to present the judge's ruling. Then it was back to the hospital - where doctors and nurses are monitoring her and her newborn.
Serrano says "she feels very happy about the decision the judge made and because now she's back again with her son and other children".
Parents learn of daughter's death via Facebook Dog protected missing 2-year-old for four hours Three firefighters fired after sexual misconduct investigation Deputies: Baby slips from drunken grandmother's
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:04 AM EST2014-03-06 14:04:59 GMT
An investigation is underway right now concerning missing funds from the ABA Sports League in Hopkins County. The Hopkins County Attorney's Office has charged the president and treasurer of the ABA SportsMore >>
An investigation is underway right now concerning missing funds from the ABA Sports League in Hopkins County.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 4:11 PM EST2014-03-05 21:11:38 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville man and his girlfriend are both facing drug-related charges after a pair of incidents on Dixie Highway Tuesday night. According to an arrest report, Kevin P. Skaggs,More >>
Police believe Kevin P. Skaggs was under the influence of heroin when he passed out at Supercuts on Dixie Highway. His girlfriend was found walking down the street with her pants on inside-out and unbuttoned.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 12:17 PM EST2014-03-05 17:17:27 GMT
(KUSA/CNN) - Chipotle Mexican Grill says it may have to temporarily suspend the sale of salsa and guacamole. In its annual report the restaurant chain listed drought and changes in global weather patternsMore >>
Chipotle may have to hold the salsa and Guacamole.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 11:22 PM EST2014-03-06 04:22:52 GMT
A new Facebook page 'Shut Down Double Dukes Saloon' has caught the attention of more than a thousand readers. The Henderson bar is at the center of a murder investigation, and an administrator of theMore >>
The Henderson bar is at the center of a murder investigation, and an administrator of the page says the goal is not to be malicious, but to spread awareness.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 7:15 PM EST2014-03-06 00:15:29 GMT
The fiancé of murder suspect Mathew McCallister is speaking out. McCallister made his first court appearance in Warrick County on Wednesday. He reluctantly accepted a public defender after telling theMore >>
McCallister made his first court appearance in Warrick County on Wednesday. He reluctantly accepted a public defender after telling the judge his life was on the line and he wanted to represent himself. His fiancé was there and spoke with 14 News.More >>
Wednesday, March 5 2014 6:59 PM EST2014-03-05 23:59:44 GMT
A new CVS store is planned for Evansville's west side has some neighbors packing their bags. 14 News is told part of the plan for the new CVS at the corner of St. Joe and West Delaware is to tear downMore >>
14 News is told part of the plan for the new CVS at the corner of St. Joe and West Delaware is to tear down at least 10 homes behind Rally's.More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 9:16 AM EST2014-03-06 14:16:03 GMT
Authorities are on scene of a drug bust in Ohio County. Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson says deputies have recovered at least 28 grams of meth, $8,000 in cash and some firearms from a house in Cromwell. It'sMore >>
14 News was there when authorities arrest a drug suspect they say they've been trying to get off the streets for months. More >>
Thursday, March 6 2014 4:56 PM EST2014-03-06 21:56:05 GMT
One person was injured when their vehicle crashed into Walmart in Henderson. Officials say the crash happened just before 9:30 Wednesday night. We're told a section of the store's wall is damaged, butMore >>
Officials say the crash happened just before 9:30 Wednesday night.More >>
1115 Mt. Auburn Road
Evansville, IN 47720