TV presenter Charlie Webster brought out of coma in Rio

The Sky Sports presenter has been placed in an induced coma.

Charlie Webster hospital bed
Thumbs up Charlie Webster fell ill in Rio last week. Image Picture Twitter/Charlie Webster

Updated: Charlie Webster has now been brought out of her medically-induced coma.

The TV presenter is still in intensive care but doctors said they are “very happy with Charlie’s neurological results,” reports the BBC.

However, Webster is being kept on dialysis as her kidneys are not responding to treatment and her breathing is being supported by a respirator.

Webster’s mother said in a statement: “Charlotte knows she nearly died. She mouthed to me earlier, ‘look at all the machines keeping me alive’. Charlotte is really strong but as the doctors keep reminding me, everyone heals differently.

“I am just so thankful that she’s able to communicate with us again. It’s been the worst imaginable time – we have been beside ourselves with worry but the fact Charlotte is now conscious is amazing. Knowing Charlotte, the thing she’ll be most annoyed about is that she’s missed the Olympics.”

A spokesperson for Webster said their “main focus now is for Charlie to be stable enough to fly back to the UK”.

Original story below:

Sky Sports and ITV presenter Charlie Webster is fighting for her life in Rio after contracting a rare for of malaria.

Webster completed a 3,000-mile charity bike ride from London to Brazil, but fell ill watching the Olympic opening ceremony.

The 33-year-old was initially thought to be suffering from dehydration following the gruelling six-week cycling trek, but as the condition worsened she was diagnosed with a rare bacterial infection.

Webster kept her Twitter followers updated on her health, however she was placed on life support and in an induced coma last Friday after her kidneys stopped functioning properly.

“Charlie has updated you all throughout her cycle and we know her silence was causing concern. On Saturday 6th August, Charlie became unwell and was admitted to hospital in Rio de Janeiro,” a message on her feed read.

“What was initially thought as dehydration caused by her riding to Rio has since been diagnosed as a severe complication caused by a bacterial infection. Charlie is receiving great care and we will update when we can.”

The most recent update thanked Webster’s followers for their support.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed to the BBC that they are providing support for Webster in Rio.

Webster memorably took a stand against Sheffield United in 2014 after the club let Ched Evans – who had served a prison term for rape conviction – train with the squad.

She resigned from her position as a patron of the club.

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