A few months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Maria was waiting to see a doctor at a London hospital when an elderly English woman told her to go back to her native Romania.
"You are a foreigner," Maria, who was heavily pregnant at the time, recalls the woman saying. "Your place is not here."
Maria was stunned. Until that moment, she had never faced direct abuse over her nationality in her 10 years in the country.
Maria said she was initially following all the news about Brexit, but now finds it perplexing.
"I think Brexit is madness," she said. "I don’t think they needed to come out of the EU. It is very sad that Brexit is destroying the UK.
"We have been affected by this uncertainty. There is so much uncertainty and we just wanted to go home."
Writing by Andrew MacAskill