Woman Donates Kidney to the Officer who put her in Jail Multiple Times #WATWB

by - September 25, 2020

In a refreshing twist on relationships between police officers and criminals, a young woman saved the police officer who had put her in jail multiple times.

a young woman saved the police officer who had put her in jail multiple times.

Addicted to drugs, Jocelynn James would steal to pay for her opioids, resulting in her being arrested 16 times in between 2007 - 2012 by Officer Terrell Potter. Her situation had gotten so bad that she was even on the 'Most Wanted list' at Franklin County, Alabama.

The duo are in the news again in 2020 but for reasons nobody would have imagined back when he arrested her in 2007. In 2019, Jocelynn James found out that Officer Terrell was suffering from renal failure and was in need of a new kidney. The waiting list for a transplant was over 7 -8 years, time the officer did not have. 

Jocelynn went and got herself tested and as fate would have it, she was a perfect match. In 2020, a few months ago, the surgery was done successfully with both doing well currently.

a young woman saved the police officer who had put her in jail multiple times.

“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.”
- Officer Terrell

Jocelynn credits the turnaround in her life to Officer Terrell all those years ago. She runs a non-profit organization that provides counseling to drug-addicted women. This year, she celebrates eight years of freedom from drug addiction. 

As for the officer, the relationship which began with him cuffing her hands and hauling her to the county jail has certainly evolved... to a father-daughter relationship today.

“I want people to realize that there is help out there for them. It doesn’t matter what happens in your life. You can always turn it around.”
- Jocelynn


Author's note

For those who are new here, I have been writing about real life Heroes of Kindness for over 4 years now and have compiled over 200 heroes from all across the globe. It is my personal initiative to help dispel the negativity that surrounds us and help you have faith in humanity once more.

The ebook Heroes of Kindness by Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan

My first solo book, Heroes of Kindness, paying tribute to 50 real life heroes like Paris Williams
, is now available on Kindle / (US Edition here)


This post is part of the 'We Are the World Blogfest'.

On the last Friday of each month, bloggers from around the world join together, sharing news that warms the cockles of our heart. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity. 

All we ask is you link to a human news story on your blog on the last Friday of each month, one that shows love, humanity and brotherhood. Use the hashtag #WATWB on social media.
Keep your post to below 500 words, as much as possible.

The hosts this month for #WATWB are Eric Lahti, Peter Nena Shilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and Sylvia Stein

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  1. This gives me goosebumps Dr Roshan. It is an extraordinary story showing me that miracles do happen. Thank you. Thanks also for co-hosting this month. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. What a great story - inspiring on so many levels! Thanks for sharing it, and for co-hosting this month.

  3. I've come across this story before, but it's good to see it again. It's a great example of helping others, no matter the circumstance or sacrifice.

    1. I just loved how unusual it was... A good tale of redemption

  4. What an expected story. Kindness is such a beautiful success, and sometimes it gives in the most unexpected and wonderful ways.

  5. Wow, that is a brilliant story! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Omg wow... It shows how people can start fresh and we shouldn't give up on people. This story is so beautiful. It warms my heart.

  7. As Usual, such heart warming post Roshan! 😄

  8. Great theme 'Real life heroes' I wasn't aware of your book Mr.Roshan would definitely love to read about real heroes. this real life twisted tale of a police and 16 timer convict really melted my heart. Inspirational one.

    Archana Srivastava

  9. In times where relationships are dwindling this act of kindness would inspire many

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