HELENA, Mont. (AP) -

A judge in Montana has ordered the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center to pay nearly $60,000 to a man who was wrongly diagnosed with brain cancer and told he had just a few months to live.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy wrote that the distress Mark Templin and his family suffered was caused by a doctor's "negligent failure to meet the standard of care" in delivering the diagnosis in 2009.

The judge said in the months Templin believed he was dying he quit his job, sold his pickup truck, celebrated a "last" birthday and contemplated suicide.