Thursday 29 September 2016

TV star Charlie Webster brought out of medically-induced coma and speaks to family

Published 18/08/2016 | 22:01

Webster's condition deteriorated by 9 August Pic: @CharlieCW
Webster's condition deteriorated by 9 August Pic: @CharlieCW
Webster just a day after being taken to hospital Pic: @CharlieCW
Allen Leech, right, who played Tom Branson in Downton Abbey, and Charlie Webster split up in December, with the pair saying it was amicable and they wanted to pursue their own careers Credit: PA
Charlie Webster and Allen Leech
Charlie completed an Ironman Challenge last year. Photo: Instagram @CharlieWebster
Charlie Webster
Allen Leech and Charlie Webster attends the EE British Academy Film Awards Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Charlie Webster and Allen Leech attends the IWC Gala dinner in honour of the BFI at Battersea Evolution

TV presenter Charlie Webster has been able to speak to her family after being brought out of her medically-induced coma earlier on Thursday, her manager said.

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The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador remains in intensive care in a hospital in Rio de Janeiro after contracting a rare strain of malaria during a 3,000-mile (4,828km) charity cycle ride to the Brazilian city.

She is being kept on dialysis as her kidneys are not responding to treatment and is being supported by a respirator, but doctors said they are "very happy with Charlie's neurological results" after performing a number of cognitive tests.

Her mother said in a statement that she had been able to speak to her family.

She said: "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."

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