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Former Drug Addict Donates Life-Saving Kidney To Officer Who Jailed Her

Former Drug Addict Donates Life-Saving Kidney To Officer Who Jailed Her

A former drug addict in the US has donated a life-saving kidney to a retired police officer who 'locked her up a couple of times'.

Jocelynn James, from Russellville, Alabama, was arrested 16 times for theft and drug charges between 2007 and 2012, according to Fox 11.

The 40-year-old was 'lost' in a vicious cycle, and officer Terrell Potter was the one to arrest her on several occasions.

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Fast-forward to the present day and it's been eight years since Jocelynn was behind bars or used drugs - and now she's saved Terrell's life.

The former cop's kidney was failing, functioning at only five percent, and doctors told him he faced a seven to eight-year wait for a new one. He subsequently posted a desperate appeal on Facebook and none other than Jocelynn answered his call.

Terrell now considers Jocelynn a member of family. Credit: Fox 11
Terrell now considers Jocelynn a member of family. Credit: Fox 11

Reflecting on the moment she saw his plea, Jocelynn told WVTM 13: "I just threw my phone down and the Holy Spirit told me right then that I had that man's kidney."

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Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville did tests to assess their compatibility, and sure enough, they told Jocelynn they had 'never had a better match for a kidney transplant'.

On 21 July, the unlikely pair underwent the operation and it was a resounding success. Now, Terrell credits the former 'Most Wanted List' member with saving his life.

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He said: "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.

"It's made a great relationship and a bond between us that can go forever. There's no doubt about that. Her giving me a kidney, it extended my life.

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"I'm very thankful to be alive because I should be dead."

Jocelynn was an unlikely saviour for the retired cop. Credit: WVTM 13
Jocelynn was an unlikely saviour for the retired cop. Credit: WVTM 13
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Jocelynn now runs a nonprofit program called The Place of Grace for addicts seeking recovery and she hopes her story will inspire others not to give up.

She said: "I want people to realise that there is help out there for them. It doesn't matter what happens in your life. You can always turn it around.

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"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."

The inspiring story has emerged as the UK celebrates Organ Donation Week in the UK for the first time since England moved to an opt-out system.

You can learn more about Organ Donation Week here.

Featured Image Credit: WVTM 13

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Jake Massey

Jake Massey is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from Newcastle University, where he learnt a bit about media and a lot about living without heating. After spending a few years in Australia and New Zealand, Jake secured a role at an obscure radio station in Norwich, inadvertently becoming a real-life Alan Partridge in the process. From there, Jake became a reporter at the Eastern Daily Press. Jake enjoys playing football, listening to music and writing about himself in the third person.