Ailing Joost returns home

Former Springbok captain Joost van der Westhuizen is out of hospital following tests to verify a motor neurone disease.

Van der Westhuizen’s doctor, Jody Pearl, said in a statement that while the diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease is unfortunately a possibility, it is not confirmed.

‘Joost has been discharged from hospital following multiple investigations and is currently on a trial of therapy with his condition being regularly reassessed,’ said Pearl. ‘We are doing everything within our power based on global best practice to rapidly establish Joost’s diagnosis, and to offer him the best possible therapy.

‘I am pleased to report that he is stable and in good spirits,’ added Pearl.