Ex-drug addict donates kidney to former police officer who had locked her up

The transplant surgery was performed in July and went well.

Updated: September 7, 2020 - 8:46am

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A former drug addict earlier this year donated a kidney to a former police officer who had previously locked her up.

“She was out running crazy, stealing and doing drugs and things she shouldn’t be doing,” former Phil Campbell Police Department officer Terrell Potter said about Jocelynn James, the seemingly unlikely donor who gave him one of her kidneys. “I locked her up a couple of times.”

“I just threw my phone down, and the Holy Spirit told me right then that I had that man’s kidney,” James explained regarding when she learned through Facebook that Potter needed the organ. 

James proved to be a match, and the transplant surgery was performed July 21.

“If you asked me 100 names of who may give me a kidney, her name would have not been on the list,” Potter noted. “It’s just unbelievable that she was willing to do that.”

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