Woman to donate kidney to police officer who arrested her and put her in jail


According to Fox 11, a woman whose picture was once on the ‘Most Wanted List’ in Franklin County, Alabama is so grateful for the officer who arrested her, that she is giving him a kidney. ~

Officer Terrell Potter (retired) of the Phil Campbell Police Department in Alabama had locked up Jocelynn James several times as she battled an opioid addiction between 2007 and 2012, being arrested 16 total times for theft and drug charges. James says she was in a very dark place and didn’t know if she would survive, Fox 11 reported. ~

James, speaking about her troubled past, said, “I was just living a really bad life, doing a lot of really bad things that I shouldn’t have had no business doing, and I was just a really lost person.” She credits Potter with helping her turn her life around. She has been sober for years. Potter said James was going through a difficult place in her life. “She was out running crazy, stealing and doing drugs and things she shouldn’t be doing,” Potter said. “I locked her up a couple of times.” James said she was finally able to get her life straightened out, and on Nov. 5, she will celebrate eight years out of jail and eight years sober. ~

Last November, the former police officer learned that his kidney was failing, but doctors said the waiting list meant that a replacement organ was 7-8-years away. “We began praying about getting the right kidney,” Potter said. “We were looking all over the Southeast. “I just threw my phone down and the Holy Spirit told me right then that I had that man’s kidney,” James said. Tests confirmed she was a perfect match. James, who now runs a nonprofit that provides drug counseling to women, donated the kidney to Potter in July at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville. ~


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