Joost shares heartwarming family photos from 45th birthday party

By Kirstin Buick
22 February 2016

Joost van der Westhuizen rang in his 45th birthday at a quiet family get-together at his home in Dainfern in Johannesburg, where they ate potjiekos and relaxed.

It was a quiet celebration for the Springbok legend on Saturday.

Joost van der Westhuizen rang in his 45th birthday at a family get-together at his home in Dainfern in Johannesburg, where they ate potjiekos and relaxed.

"We have decided to keep quiet birthday," his brother Pieter told YOU.

Kylie, Joost and Jordan. PHOTO: Supplied Kylie, Joost and Jordan. PHOTO: Supplied

His son Jordan (11) and daughter Kylie (9) also spent the day with their dad, along with Joost's ex-wife Amor Vittone.

"Joost enjoyed the day and so did we," said Peter.

Joost's cake featured an adorable snap of Kylie and Jordan. PHOTO: Supplied Joost's cake featured an adorable snap of Kylie and Jordan. PHOTO: Supplied

Earlier that day, Amor shared beautiful photos of her, Joost and their children on her Facebook page to wish her former husband a happy birthday.

"Congratulations to Joost van der Westhuizen your birthday today," the mom-of-two wrote. "May you have a wonderful year and be blessed for what you do for everyone! Much love Jordan, Kylie and me xxx."

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Joost, who suffers from motor neurone disease (MND), is currently part of a medical trial for a drug that may help combat the disease.

The former rugby star is one of a group of South African MND sufferers who’ve been given access to the drug GM604 on compassionate grounds.

“It gives hope,” Joost said in an exclusive interview with YOU last year, communicating via the device that allows him to write down his answers using his eyes. “Not just for me but for everyone with MND."

"I said from day one I’d put my body through anything to try to help others."

Joost isn’t allowed to discuss details about his treatment, including the cost, because of a confidentiality agreement he signed with the drug’s manufacturer, Genervon.

But on its website last year, Genervon spoke of a 44-year-old South African man who was diagnosed with MND in 2011 and who’s showing signs of improvement.

Jordan and Kylie know he’s doing everything in his power to get better.

“They’re very hopeful,” Joost said. “I’m hoping to talk. I want to hold my kids again. I just want to see my kids grow up and be happy.”

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