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Joost: ‘My quality of life is brilliant’


  • 25 Aug 2013
Joost van der Westhuizen uses a wheelchair to get around Joost van der Westhuizen uses a wheelchair to get around

Joost van der Westhuizen says he is not quite on his deathbed, as the BBC reported this week.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the former Springbok scrumhalf, who is suffering from motor neuron disease (MND), said: 'I am a machine. I still walk, I still eat, I still talk. My quality of life is brilliant. Every morning and every night I am grateful to be alive.'

Van der Westhuizen said what he had said to the BBC reporter had been misinterpreted.

'I told them that I am living each day as if it's my last, which is a cliché but it's true. I realise that I have a fatal illness, so it's almost like being on my deathbed.'

Van der Westhuizen uses a wheelchair to get around, but recently fell while walking at home and gashed his head. According to the Sunday Times he slapped a piece of toilet paper on the wound, put a cap on his head and went to a scheduled meeting.

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