Joost van der Westhuizen motor neuron disease clinic to be launched at Chris Hani Baragwanath

18 January 2017 - 09:00 By TshisaLIVE
Joost van der Westhuizen
Joost van der Westhuizen
Image: Amor Vittone Facebook

The Department of Health has announced that it has joined forces with former Springbok Joost van der Westhuizen in launching a motor neuron disease clinic at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

In the invitation from the department, it says the clinic is the first of its kind in Gauteng and aims to give specialised care to patients.

Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu will officially open the Joost van der Westhuizen Centre for Neurodegeneration at the hospital this week.

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Joost was first diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, a form of MND, in 2011.

Despite his ailing condition, he has previously said in interviews that he is determined to live his best life and will do his best to beat the disease.

In December, Amor Vittone shared this picture of herself with Joost and their two children.

UPDATE: The opening of the centre has been postponed.