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An Alabama woman has donated a life-saving kidney to the cop that locked her up twice for narcotics-related offenses.
Recovered drug addict Jocelynn James was scrolling through Facebook late last year and saw a post from the daughter of retired police officer Terrell Potter that her dad needed a kidney. One of his kidneys was failing and was only five percent functional.
“I just threw my phone down and the holy spirit told me right then that I had that man’s kidney,” James said. James and Potter lived just two miles from each other at the time.
It miraculously turned out that she was a 100 match after the appropriate testing. Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, which assumed at first that James was Potter’s daughter, told her that “we’ve never had a better match for a kidney transplant.”
“It’s not a coincidence. It’s just God. There’s no other way,” Potter explained of the match.
Officer Potter otherwise would have faced a waiting list of seven to eight years.
The kidney transplant surgery, which occurred in July, was a success. “For God to use me as a vessel to extend Mr. Potter’s life is my greatest accomplishment. I should be dead. Instead, God helped me save a life. I am overwhelmed,” Jocelynn James explained.
(Source: WTVM 13 News)
James, 40, says that Officer Potter saved her life and helped her turn her life around when he arrested her back in the day. “I’m perfect, I’m healthy, and I had no idea that I was that healthy.”
At one time reportedly on Franklin County, Ala.’s most-wanted list, James — who the media described as a hardcore drug abuser in her former life — has been clean and sober for nearly eight years, starting with a vow she made to herself while she was in a half-way house.
Potter and James have bonded, and he now considers her as close as one of his daughters.
“It is very humbling to have somebody that would give you a part of their body to extend your life,” the ex-lawman with 44 years of law enforcement experience on the Phil Campbell, Ala. police force explained. “If you asked me 100 names of who may give me a kidney, her name would have not been on the list. It’s just unbelievable that she was willing to do that.”
In an approximately five-year period ending in 2012, Jocelynn James was reportedly arrested 16 times on charges related to theft and drug charges
James is now the director of a non-profit, live-in treatment center that helps women recover from addiction and become productive citizens.
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