Joost van der Westhuizen has been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
The 40-year-old former Springbok scrumhalf was diagnosed with motor neuron disease, which consists of severe disorders that attack the brain and spinal cord and paralyze the body. The news was confirmed on Tuesday morning and it is believed that Van der Westhuizen was hospitalised on Thursday evening.
The disease can be compared to the one that has forced former Springbok flanker André Venter into a wheel chair, but word is that Van der Westhuizen’s case is more serious as his upper limbs are also affected.
It’s been a troubling two years for Van der Westhuizen. He went through a divorce with ex-wife Amor Vittone last year after his cheating scandal was revealed in 2009.