Cape Town – Afrikaans singer André Schwartz has revealed that he has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease – the same illness that former South African rugby player Joost van der Westhuizen suffered from.
André Schwartz made the announcement in an interview with Netwerk24’s Terésa Coetzee that was published on Friday.
According to the Ek Wil Jou Nooit Weer Sien singer, he was diagnosed in April 2018 already after experiencing symptoms and being encouraged by a doctor friend to go see a specialist.
At the time of his diagnosis André Schwartz was starring as Captain von Trapp in a theatre production of The Sound of Music.
Health24 reports that motor neuron disease (MND) is not one disease but is instead a term that refers to a group of disorders that destroy motor neurons, the nerve cells which control the actions of voluntary muscles used in breathing, swallowing, and walking.
“MND is a relentless, progressive disorder, with only 10% surviving 10 years. There are notable exceptions though, like Prof. Steven Hawkins,” reports the health news website.