Rugby

Joost gambles on treatment

2011-08-25 06:45
Joost van der Westhuizen (File)

Antoinette Pienaar

Pretoria - "I'm going to fight this thing. Don’t worry, I’m not going to die too soon,” said Joost van der Westhuizen at a media conference in Midrand on Wednesday to announce that he is undergoing experimental stem cell treatment in a desperate attempt to cure his motor neuron disease.

Dr Jody Pearl, a specialist neurologist, said the treatment was developed by Doctor Steve Ray, a British neuron-scientist.

The SA Rugby Legends Association has offered to collect money for Van der Westhuizen’s medical costs.

“The treatment was not an overnight decision. I spent a long time with the doctors,” Van der Westhuizen said.

Three weeks ago fat cells were harvested from his body during a minor surgical procedure. Netcells Cryogenics isolated his mesenchymal stem cells, which also appear in babies’ umbilical cords and can help to repair damaged cells in the body.

Ray’s patented technique was used to develop a product with which Van der Westhuizen was injected. He said his treatment offers no guarantees, but he stands to lose nothing, and could possibly help contribute to a cure.

 

Read more on:    joost van der westhuizen
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Dream journey for Senatla

35 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
61 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

LOL! Best outdoor girl fails

It’s not only guys who have FAIL moments! Here are some of the funniest outdoor fails where girls are the victims!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

90-year-old's incredible travels
10 facts about swimming you didn't know
Halloween night run
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!
 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

The Currie Cup is a thing of the past and attention now turns to the Springboks' end of year tour where they will play Ireland, England, Italy and Wales. How many Test will Heyneke Meyer's men win?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.