Laura Percival with her son Luka. A traumatised mum who suffered a miscarriage was forced to alone wait inside a maternity ward where she could see mums having contractions and newborn babies. See NATIONAL story NNBABY; Laura Percival had gone into hospital for a 12-week scan when doctors told her the devastating news that the childs heart had stopped beating. But the 27-year-old single mum was forced to wait hours for surgery after a pessary a device inserted into the vagina to support the uterus failed. She said the experience was the hardest thing she has had to go through after a porter wheeled her through a new-born baby ward.