Joost still 'putting up an incredible fight' in ICU

By Kirstin Buick
05 February 2017

The latest on the ailing rugby legend's condition.

Ailing Joost van der Westhuizen is a critical but stable condition in ICU, the J9 Foundation said this morning.

His organisation has been posting updates on the rugby legend's condition since he was rushed to hospital in a critical condition yesterday morning.

"He is responding well to his loved ones and putting up an incredible fight," they shared on Facebook. "He really is our Superman!"

Joost has been battling motor neurone disease (MND) since 2011.

Read more: Joost van der Westhuizen rushed to hospital

After he was admitted to hospital, reports emerged that Joost had passed away, but the foundation urged fans not to believe "rumours".

Last night, his ex-wife Amor Vittone, with whom he shares children Jordan (13) and Kylie (11), said on Saturday night Joost was "showing us all his fighting spirit!"

"Please keep him in your prayers and thank you for all the beautiful messages of encouragement," she wrote on her Facebook page. "Jordan and Kylie have shown tremendous courage through this difficult time."

Recently, Joost’s family told YOU the 45-year-old  was dependent on oxygen for survival.

Read more: Joost’s friends and family devastated as it emerges rugby legend is now on oxygen

The family opted to keep the news quiet for the sake of his children.

Read more: ‘It’s hard to see him like this’: Joost gets a visit from his first wife

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