Sunday 25 September 2016

'Hey, guess who?!' - Charlie Webster out of hospital after nearly dying from malaria in Brazil

David Wilcock

Published 10/09/2016 | 08:23

Charlie Webster travelled on a specialist medical plane with a team of professionals who continued her care on the 20-hour journey (Twitter/PA)
Charlie Webster travelled on a specialist medical plane with a team of professionals who continued her care on the 20-hour journey (Twitter/PA)

TV presenter Charlie Webster has been discharged from hospital more than five weeks after nearly dying from malaria she contracted in Brazil.

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The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador fell ill during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics and was diagnosed with a rare strain of the mosquito-borne disease after being taken to hospital on August 6.

The former Sky and ITV sports presenter was treated in the South American country before being flown on a medical flight back to the UK at the end of August, still in a serious condition, to be treated at St James's Hospital in Leeds.

On Friday night she wrote on her social media accounts: "Hey, guess who?! After five weeks, I'm out of hospital, alive and finally recovering (even my kidneys have started to slowly improve)!

On the mend: Charlie Webster shared images from her hospital bed in Rio after contracting malaria on a charity cycle
On the mend: Charlie Webster shared images from her hospital bed in Rio after contracting malaria on a charity cycle

"A big thank you to the doctors in Rio and to the exceptional NHS and all the wonderful staff at St James's for literally saving my life.

"I am so grateful for all your messages of support and to my family and friends who have been by my side throughout. Massive love."

Webster, from Sheffield, had recently completed a 3,000-mile charity cycle ride from London to Rio when she became ill.

Her condition quickly deteriorated and she was put into a medically induced coma. Doctors diagnosed the rare strain of malaria and she underwent kidney dialysis.

Allen Leech and TV presenter Charlie Webster. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Allen Leech and TV presenter Charlie Webster. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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