Former Springboks captain and 1995 World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen is being treated for a serious motor-neuron muscle disease, his publicist said on Thursday.
Bridget van Oerle said in a statement that former South Africa scrumhalf Van der Westhuizen began immediate treatment after being diagnosed by his doctor.
“Van der Westhuizen’s doctor, Dr. (Henry) Kelbrick, who is also a close family friend, noticed that Joost was having problems with his right arm and ran a series of tests,” Van Oerle said.
“Van der Westhuizen also consulted two neurologists … The symptoms are serious and vary from person to person.”
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