Police officer gets life-saving organ transplant from criminal he jailed in 2012

A police officer had his life saved when a ‘Most Wanted’ criminal he helped jail eight years ago donated one of her kidneys to him.

Former officer Terrell Potter was in bad shape and in dire need of a transplant when 40-year-old recovering drug addict Jocelynn James saw his appeal for a donor.

Ms James stepped up to the challenge to help save the police officer after reasoning he had helped save her life by arresting her back in 2012.

Eager to give back, Ms James was thrilled to be found as a perfect match for Mr Potter – who launched a desperate search for a donor in 2019.

Fox 5 NY claims Ms James – who is in Alabama – was arrested 16 times for drug and theft offences between 2007 and 2012 before turning her life around.

Speaking to WVTM13, she said she would inject herself with drugs up to 16 times per day at her lowest point when she had lost her job, her car, and her license.

She explained: “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.”

Former officer Potter recalls arresting Ms James more than once, saying: “She was out running crazy, stealing and doing drugs and things she shouldn't be doing. I locked her up a couple of times.”

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This November will mark eight years since Ms James was freed from jail and will also be eight years since she got sober after breaking her opioid addiction in 2013.

Mr Potter saw his health take a turn in November last year when he learned his kidney was only functioning at 5 per cent.

He was told he could be on a waiting list for eight years – prompting to take this search to Facebook.

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Ms James spotted his appeal in December last year and took immediate action.

She explained: “I just threw my phone down and the holy spirit told me right then that I had that man's kidney.”

Following tests, doctors were stunned to discover they had “never had a better match for a kidney transplant” after matching Ms James with Mr Potter.

The due went under the knife on 21 July this year – with the transplant being a success.

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The pair also say that their experience – including their past history – reassured their faith.

Mr Potter 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 not just a coincidence. It's just God. There is no other way.”

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