RE: Coenie Oosthuizen is fit for Saterday
October 03, 2012, 03:44:49
Some ten years ago I myself had neck problems and had to get a fusion operation done. I was a bit scared of the idea and told my quack that the issue can go ahead, provided the operation is done by the best surgeon in that field in South Africa and it turned out to be a Dr Stefan Joubert from Durban. Interesting to note that a Durban neurosurgeon was consulted with regard to Oosthuizen.
The reason I say it is interesting is that Dr Joubert told me that he operated on Van Biljon - the erstwile hooker -for a problem similar to mine and that medically he could continue playing. However, I think that the problem afterwards in Van Biljon's case was psychological - he never was the same player that he was before the operation.
What I mean is that if SARU consulted Dr Joubert on the Van Biljon issue - it is likely that they did so in Oosthuizen's case as well. I have absolute faith in Dr Joubert - I had no problems since that operation - and if indeed it was Dr Joubert that was involved - I firmly believe that if he says Oosthuizen can continue with his playing career - there is aboslutely no reason to believe the contrary in this case.
Scary stuff indeed - but likely to have been solved.