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W.Va. woman awarded $850k for husband's death

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Monongalia County jury has awarded a woman $885,000 for the death of her husband in 2008 while he awaited an ambulance that never arrived.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) reports that Judith Johnson's lawsuit was against the Monongalia County Commission, which is responsible for the county's emergency management office.

According to court documents, Johnson's 60-year-old husband was having trouble breathing and she called 911 for an ambulance. She made repeated calls for the medical emergency, until officials told her no ambulance was available.

Johnson's attorney said Judith Johnson's husband Joseph had one lung. He said if Johnson had received the medical treatment he desperately needed five minutes earlier, he would have survived.

Jurors returned their verdict last week. They concluded the 911 workers' actions amounted to willful or wanton misconduct.

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