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Daughter of fallen police officer faces long odds in wait for liver transplant

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Demetra Bell Jones is in desperate need of a new liver. Demetra Bell Jones is in desperate need of a new liver.
Demetra Bell Jones is in desperate need of a new liver.

Jones is the daughter of Tampa Police Detective Randy Bell, who was killed in the line of duty by Hank Earl Carr in 1998. Jones' family says her insurance will not cover the entire cost of her transplant and she will not even be placed on a waiting list until they are able to raise the needed funds.


Jones' aunt, Jennifer Neal, says they need more than $300,000 for the operation and insurance will only pay $134,000 of the cost.
It turns out, Jones is not alone in her wait for a need for an organ transplant. Betsy Edwards is with Lifelink, a Tampa-based not for profit organization that coordinates organ donations.

Related: Daughter of fallen Tampa Police Officer in dire need of liver transplant

Edwards says more than 120,000 people are currently waiting on a new liver in the United States and 18 people die on average every day while waiting to a liver transplant.

"In regards to when someone gets listed here in Florida, there's more than 5,000 patients currently in need of a transplant. Sadly, there's no guarantee getting on that list is actually going to get you that organ," said Edwards.

The family has established a fundraising effort on the GoFundMe website under the name of Demetra Bell Jones in an attempt to get enough money for the transplant.

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