Joost released from hospital

2011-05-21 15:29

Johannesburg - Former Springbok rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen has been discharged from hospital, according to his doctor, Jody Pearl.

"Joost van der Westhuizen is currently under my care and is still being investigated to determine a final diagnosis," Pearl said in a statement on Saturday.

"I am pleased to report that he is stable and in good spirits, and is approaching this health challenge with similar courage to that which he displayed on the rugby pitch."

It was revealed earlier this month that Van der Westhuizen, 40, was suffering from a life threatening neural disease, but Pearl said it had not yet been fully diagnosed.

"Motor neuron disease and similar neurological disorders require careful consideration, and at times a trial of therapy, before a final diagnosis is made," she said.

"Joost has been discharged from hospital following multiple investigations and is currently on a trial of therapy with his condition being regularly reassessed.

"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."

Van der Westhuizen, a former scrumhalf for the Bulls, at one stage held the record for the most Springbok Test appearances. He retired from international rugby in 2003.


  • coenie.koch - 2011-05-21 15:43

    He took a lot of hard punches lately. This, what he is facing now, is something that nobody deserves. I therefore trust and believe that he will get through this, and will be healed totally. We pray for him and trust the Lord to do what doctors can't do.

      Blink - 2011-05-21 18:04

      Coenie please read the story again - they do not know whether it is motor neuron disease. Maybe it doesn't even have it.

      Mariki - 2011-05-21 18:21

      Blink Stefaans, dis JY wat moet LEES. Coenie never mentioned motor neuron disease. He wrote "This, what he is facing now".... which most probably only means going through the test for motor neuron disease.

      Ruby Jane - 2011-05-21 18:50

      No has been diagnoses as MND...You must read has not been FULLY diagnosed...but is MND...

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-05-21 19:05

      Ruby Jane, YOU must read "Motor neuron disease and similar neurological disorders require careful consideration, and at times a trial of therapy, before a final diagnosis is made," she said."

      rinabreed - 2011-05-25 18:03

      He also gave hard punches. My Dad lived 30 fruitful and normal years after being diagnosed with MND . This poor-joost-mania makes me sick. Probably yearning for public sympathy. There are millions of people dying and so are all of us.

  • darkwing - 2011-05-21 18:15

    Mense, voordat julle my nou almal gooi met klippe, ek voel ook jammer vir Joost, maar dink bietjie. Was dit reg van sy huisdokter, wat nie 'n neuroloog is nie, om sommer klaar te diagnoseer voor die hele land, nog voor daar behoorlik toetse gedoen is? Hy sou dit ook nie doen sonder Joost se goedkeuring nie. Dit klink bietjie na aandag soek. Nou ja, laat ek gaan skuiling soek.

  • Joe_Dirt - 2011-05-21 18:52

    Lennox...."It was revealed earlier this month that Van der Westhuizen, 40, was suffering from a life threatening neural disease, but Pearl said it had not yet been fully diagnosed." His spokesperson said on the 1st day it was announced to SA that Joost was sick that he and the family wants privacy, and everybody should respect it. Then why do you announce it to all SA when it is not fully diagnosed yet? And then ask for privacy? Could they not wait till final diagnoses and then reveal? I smell publicity stunt here my friend.

      dante - 2011-05-21 21:57

      they asked his spokesperson and that was his answer to their you really think they can keep something like this a secret until all the tests have been done?dont have any idea what its like to be famous do you?

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-05-21 22:47

      dante, please give me the agency and reporter who asked the question. I will personally phone him to find out if he asked the question.

      Joe_Dirt - 2011-05-21 22:50

      dante, stop talking out of your ass. WTF does famous have to do with anything. You are probably one of those sad f*ckers who have a Joost duvet cover and Joost underpants. Famous people are just the same as all other people

      dante - 2011-05-21 23:21

      whatever joe dirt

  • Kobus - 2011-05-21 19:01

    Wonder wie gaan Joost versorg, Amore of dai Teazers girl?

      Muffyforu - 2011-05-21 23:37

      Kobus - slimste vraag van die dag!!

      gillian.paceymckay - 2011-05-28 14:11

      Hi LJ Nel so sorry to hear you may have MND. My mother suffered through this illness. I have to agree with you, all this negativity is clearly from heartless people who have no clue what this illness does not only to the patient but most certainly to their carers. I have been through a divorce after 17 years of marriage wherein my ex had many women. It was my choice to stay in the marriage, however, I do not love him nor hate him. Even so I wouldn't wish this disease on anyone, so for those who believe this is KARMA, God himself is not a vicious God. He has a further plan when handing someone a problem like this! Hope you have an awesome day and stay as positive as you are..!! regards Gill

      gillian.paceymckay - 2011-05-28 14:12

      since you know it all, why don't you Kobus?!

  • GP - 2011-05-21 19:02

    May God comfort him and his loved ones through this tough period of his life.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-21 23:15

    Good luck Joost - Hoop dinge lyk vinnig beter vir jou en jou gesin.

      Proefeet - 2011-05-22 15:48

      Dit gaan baie goed met sy gesin - hy bly nie meer by hulle nie.

  • Muffyforu - 2011-05-21 23:35

    I still need a trained medical profesisonal to proove to me that snorting cocaine had nothing to do with this. Please dont get me wrong i sympasize with the guy, and no one deserves this, and perfectly clean living people have also develope the disease etc etc but, we live with the decision we make in life and for someone who is supposed to be a role model for the youth snorting coke and cheating to on your wife is not an example i for one want my children to look up to. but still may you make it through this joost

      Die Skim - 2011-05-22 22:59

      Are you talking out of experience? How would anybody that do not snort cocaine know what the symtoms are? You, however seems to know all the symptoms of using cocaine.Go sit in the corner and play hide and seek with yourself.Stop writing sh%%^$t comments.Go hallucinate. ,

  • buzzliteyear - 2011-05-22 10:19

    Sorry.....bit difficult to believe a pathalogical liar. Always wants to be in the public life, asks for privacy then keeps putting ambiguous press releases out to fuel public interest about his conditions. Doctors don't release patient information but his one is quick to want to be in the public life. A shame if he is sick....but hard to believe right now.

  • Nico - 2011-05-22 14:22

    Remember how he suffered a heart attack or stroke or both just when his famous video was released

  • Juanita De Macedo - 2011-05-23 00:31

    My Dad had MND and was treated by Jody Pearl. She is a fantastic person and do what she can for Joost. Muscular neural diseases are difficult to differentiate as MND and myastenia Gravis have very similar sympton. Sadly MND isnt treatable, so at this stage making a suffer comfortable is the best that can be done.

  • Margot - 2011-05-23 16:40

    I would strongly suggest a gluten free diet for Joost. Check out gluten and his condition

  • Janet - 2011-05-24 00:05

    Joost, miracles do still happen. You in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck, From us in Blouberg, Cape Town.

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