SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Mark Politte has gone from starter on the LSU-Shreveport men's basketball team to stage five kidney failure in a year's time.
"I was playing with kidney failure for like a month," said Politte.
He was diagnosed with stage five kidney failure on February 24, 2014. Politte says he knew something was wrong about a month before his diagnosis.
"I thought it was an allergic reaction at first," he said. "I would get real swollen. I was like 180 pounds, between 180-185 my entire playing career and then all of a sudden I was 215."
Politte's grandmother passed away from kidney disease.
The 26-year old is currently on Hemodialysis.
"I just feel like some people shouldn't be going through stuff like this at this age," said Politte.
Politte needs a kidney transplant to enhance his quality of life.
"Right now it's hard to work, go to school, I have no energy," said Politte.
He just got out of the hospital last week for Pneumonia and his body is struggling to fight sickness.
Politte says despite a compatible donor in his brother, Damien McQueen, who lives in Houston, heaps of paperwork and hours of blood work, a hospital in Shreveport won't perform the transplant.
"They just keep telling me no, they're not giving me a reason," he said.
Politte says the Willis-Knighton Kidney transplant center referred him to other transplant centers like Baton Rouge, Dallas or Houston with no explanation.