Joost gambles on treatment

2011-08-25 06:45

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.



  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-25 07:19

    Sterkte Joost. Gebed kan alles regmaak.

      theunsvw - 2011-08-25 07:23

      Amen! Nothing is impossible for God....!

      The.Lamprechts - 2011-08-25 07:30

      Good luck Joost. Nevermind pulling for you, we are all ripping it to shreds!! You'll make it. Legends get to live forever!

      Nipcat - 2011-08-25 08:37

      @GodDelusion God has nothing to do with any of it.

      G4E - 2011-08-25 08:59

      @NipCat, that is your opinion (to which you are entitled), but this thread is for those, like me, who believe that God is in fact involved.

      lynx - 2011-08-25 09:06

      @GodDelusion. God doesn't bring is rather the fallen nature of man. God cures sickness through prayer and medical advancement.

      flowing river - 2011-08-25 09:46

      Mebe is jus withdrawal symptoms........ let him have a couple more hits ...he shud be fine!

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-25 10:30

      Well then Bulldozer and others, if prayer and your god can make it right, what does he need money to be raised for. You don't pay to pray. The doctors don't need to do anything. god will just cure him. Riiiiiiight hahahahahahaha

      Netherlands - 2011-08-25 11:10

      Does the "TREATMENT" involve a "HO AND A LITTLE BLOW"?????

      Flemjob - 2011-08-25 13:52

      I cringe when people bring up God or rely on God to cure illness. Science has cured 12 serious diseases in the last 100 years. Our life expectancy has also doubled in this time. If God wanted to provide us with cures it would have been in the bible. If Joost dies are you going to blame God? Bacteria and viruses are life forms that existed long before humans did. They dont exist because man was disobedient, thats primitive nonsense.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-25 14:16

      FLEMJOB... CHIRP OF THE DAY!!!!!!!!

  • Cleppy - 2011-08-25 07:22

    Treament? FFS. Use spellcheck you dumbasses.

      knalpot - 2011-08-25 08:42

      Since when was this a spelling bee??? arse

      GinSA1 - 2011-08-25 10:34

      knalpot, for those who appreciate the English language. By your name, I'm assuming you're not, so you go mix your afrikaans with our English, but we'd like to see our language kept the way it was intended.

  • Redwine - 2011-08-25 07:23

    Stands to lose nothing according to article but headline reads "Joost gambles on treatment" What exactly does he gamble on here? The way I read the procedure is that he had some fat injections to reduce wrinkles I read Gadafi did the same. The gamble is that people will think you look to young and good and that you do not need to suck their money with your hair brain schemes anymore.

      mathilda_w - 2011-08-25 07:28

      @Redwine: Idiot alert. Seriously, what is wrong with you?

      GrahamB - 2011-08-25 07:32

      Wow heres your stupid badge, Redmoron. Good luck Joost.

      zaatheist - 2011-08-25 07:34

      What I find ironic about this is that Joost professes to be a good old time literal bible believing Christian - one of Maccauley's sheeple. Fundies are generally opposed to stem cell research. I suppose its a case of he can pray or he can look to the fruits of modern science.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-25 08:50

      Redwine you are one sick puppy

      StBad - 2011-08-25 08:55

      You're ignorant, do some research...

      Patroski - 2011-08-25 13:27

      @Redwine: what's wrong with you dude?

  • castle lager - 2011-08-25 07:33

    KARMA IS FOR EVERBODY...............

      Butterfly - 2011-08-25 09:35

      Yeah and don't forget Karma's a Bitch... be carefull what you *cast*le upon others! Sterkte Joost, ken Dr Jodi persoonlik en sy is een van die top mediese dokters in SA!

  • PlainTruth - 2011-08-25 07:33

    Why does he not make a trip to Teazers? It's helped him before

      onetickie - 2011-08-25 07:48

      @PlainTruth: becareful. Those who throw stones ... you might not have done what Jooste has done but in the eyes of 'a' beholder can you say ALL your actions in life have been flawless??? KARMA, my friend, KARMA.

      Philip Roux - 2011-08-25 08:32

      You have a sick little mind. He is fighting for his life and you make such a callous uncaring remark. Remember what you sow you will reap and that is an indisputable fact. I would be very careful if I were you as this may come back t haunt you one day.

      Netherlands - 2011-08-25 08:43

      Nothing like a LAP DANCE to cure anything!

      wbs777 - 2011-08-25 09:25

      Maybe he'll go when your wife is on duty. I heard she's not too bad. Asshole

      Larry Sepuru - 2011-08-25 12:38

      You are an @$$hole

      Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 09:19

      pish posh when you're famous, the whores come to you

  • Malcop - 2011-08-25 07:49

    He is as terminal as Schabir Shaik. In one article, he was given three months to live. This Motor Moron will outlive my grandkids.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-25 07:56

      I hope he does.

  • Staalbal - 2011-08-25 07:53

    Good luck Joost

  • jk - 2011-08-25 08:14

    ja ou joosie...

  • bielo1 - 2011-08-25 08:17

    sterkte joost.aan diegene wat dit so goed ag om in hierdie tyd van beproewing klippe te gooi: julle is siek! ek wonder hoe jy sou reageer as jy geweet het dat jy nie jou dogter op haar troudag sal sien nie.

  • letswai - 2011-08-25 08:28

    be strong man. you will be fine. get well soon joost.

  • whatno - 2011-08-25 08:33

    All the best Joost man. Like the doctors say, no guaranteesbut nothing to loose. May God bewith you and may He give your doctors the wisdom.

  • grant9 - 2011-08-25 08:35

    They don't know what causes this dreadfull disease but Joostw was filmed snorting what looked like coke and many sportsmen take steroids. It would be a great gesture if Jooste was to publicly condemn the taking of drugs and steroids to deter the youth from going that route. @Malcop. I don't believe for one second that Jooste is faking it like Shaik is. For starters Jooste has spent a hell of a lot of money to be tested in SA and the USA. If it was a lie, the truth would have come out by now.

  • Ollie - 2011-08-25 08:36

    Joost please accept your illness and treatment with grace and don't hold a media conference every time you see a doctor

  • OldBag - 2011-08-25 08:37

    Good luck Joost. I pray it all goes well with you.

  • assan - 2011-08-25 08:40

    Go for it Joost !!!

  • eugene.payne1 - 2011-08-25 08:41

    And why should the average Joe Soap donate money to someone who has/had oodles of cash? Not our problem he squandered in on cocaine and hookers. Pay for your own treatment Joost. There are hundreds of thousands of upstanding citizens in this country alone who can't (and would never have a fund set up for their medical costs) afford basic medical procedures by specialists. What makes him so special???

  • Reg - 2011-08-25 08:45

    Weed, boet. Latest research here ...

      Netherlands - 2011-08-25 16:01

      Nope.... Joost does NOT do WEED... he does HO's.... and a bit of NASAL CANDY on the side... Altho, a bit of weed will do him good...

  • Ann - 2011-08-25 09:05

    I'm praying for a speedy and full recovery for you, Joost.

  • Pete - 2011-08-25 09:43

    keep going Joost! No-one deserves what you are going through. Idiots who make fun of such things will one day undersatnd that life will surely throw them a curve ball one day. Let's see what they have to say then.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-25 10:27

    Sterkte daar......

  • trevb - 2011-08-25 10:43

    This forum is exactly what is wrong with the world ! its a realistic spread of the types of people in the world you have your believers < atheists < then you you have the rest of the morons who think they fall under one of the two ! and then you just get regular unashamedly pure moron ! . have a little tolerance for one another and stop judging people and starting wars with people who have a differrent opinion ! politicians have nothing on you

      Tatunka - 2011-08-25 12:33

      @trevb.... You say people should have a little tolerance for others and stop judging others with different opinions etc. Correct me if I am wrong, but when you refer to people as morons for believing/or not believing, Isnt that judging them???? Maybe what you were thinking didn't come through the way you wrote it? Correct me if I am wrong. However I do agree with you that people should be more tolerant of each other and less judgemental, and yes there are people on this forum who seem to feel that they should have something to say, whether it be on the topic or not and often things are said that are insensitive and incitefull, quite often just rude and probably put there to get reaction. It pisses me off no end as well, and there I am probably being judgemental as well, quite a bitch to be human at times.

  • edward.diegaard - 2011-08-25 10:54

    Just like we know you......a real fighter!!!!!!!

  • Michael - 2011-08-25 13:05

    All praying for you swaer!

  • Muffyforu - 2011-08-25 13:20

    Can't this attention seeking d*ck just go away and die in peace and quite.I Still maintain he is going to have some miracle cure and sell millions of books, it's just a publicity stunt

  • Tiger - 2011-08-25 15:58

    Aan al die "mense" wat thumbs down gemaak het by Bulldozer se 1ste opmerking wil ek net sê julle behoort julle te skaam!!! Julle kan skuilname hier gebruik maar onthou die Here weet presies wie julle is. Wel, ek bid vir julle ook.

  • Southern - 2011-08-25 16:38

    He is right that he has nothing to lose. And one cannot blame him for trying. That said, it is probably some obscure money making scheme as ALS is deadly without cure. My mom died of it after 18 months of diagnosis and I read a lot about it in the process.

  • concerned - 2011-08-25 16:43

    We hope & pray, best of luck!!!

  • Wilma - 2011-08-25 16:59

    Good Luck Joost hope all goes well

  • shortfinal - 2011-08-25 17:18

    Religion, the drug off the masses and the wheelchair of so many. How I pity you guys!

  • TeddyB - 2011-08-25 17:30

    You were always my favorite Joost, even when you did wrong!! Myself and many others are praying for you and your family and we want to see you get better!!! Lots of love

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-25 21:34

    May those who curse others in their hour of despair be double cursed themselves! Joost, sterkte ou maat!

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