Joost refuses to give up
25 Aug 2011
Joost van der Westhuizen has announced that he is undergoing experimental stem cell treatment in order to cure his motor neuron disease.
The former Springbok captain told a media conference on Wednesday that he is already undergoing the treatment. ‘I’m going to fight this thing. Don’t worry, I’m not going to die too soon,’ he said. ‘The treatment was not an overnight decision. I spent a long time with the doctors.’
The treatment was developed by Dr Steve Ray, a British neuron-scientist. There are no guarantees that the treatment will work, but Van der Westhuizen admitted that at this stage, he is willing to try anything.
The SA Rugby Legends Association has offered to collect money for Van der Westhuizen’s medical costs.