A woman whose baby was delivered stillborn after being sent on a two-hour ambulance journey has been awarded €170,000 damages against the HSE at the High Court.

Mr Justice Sean Ryan said the case was the stuff of nightmares.

Fiona Ní Chonchubhair, 36, of Countess Road, Killarney, Co Kerry, was 32 weeks pregnant in May 2009 when she experienced difficulties.

She attended Kerry General Hospital in Tralee, when the hospital decided to send her 110km away by ambulance to Cork without a blood transfusion on board.

She was bleeding internally and by the time she was operated on at Cork University Hospital, and had a blood transfusion, her baby was delivered stillborn on 16 May, 2009.

The HSE apologised for what had happened to her and her husband, Stephen Cotter.

Ms Ní Chonchubair sued for negligence and breach of duty. The HSE admitted liability.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Ní Chonchubhair said they took the case to make sure the same tragedy did not happen to another mother.

Her solicitor Adrian Hegarty said Ms Ní Chonchubhair had shown remarkable courage in taking on the HSE and it was important that they had highlighted the issue.