Thursday 29 September 2016

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster flies home from Brazil on specialist medical plane after malaria illness

Harriet Line

Published 30/08/2016 | 20:33

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 who contracted malaria in Brazil has arrived back in the UK.

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The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador travelled on a specialist medical plane with a team of professionals who continued her care on the 20-hour journey.

Webster's condition remains stable but serious, and she will continue her treatment in a private ward at St James's Hospital in Leeds.

In a message dictated from her hospital bed, she said: "I'm so grateful to the staff at Copa D'or hospital in Rio for the care I received, they saved my life.

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

"The last few weeks have been hell and I'm just so thankful to be here.

"I have the most wonderful family and friends supporting me and the well wishes from the public has been incredible. I'm happy to be home to continue my recovery in the UK."

Webster fell ill during the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics and she was taken to hospital on August 6.

The former Sky and ITV sports presenter had just completed a 3,000-mile (4,828km) charity cycle ride from London to Rio.

Charlie Webster opened up about her struggle with IBS
Charlie Webster opened up about her struggle with IBS

Her condition quickly deteriorated and she was put into a medically induced coma. Doctors diagnosed a very rare strain of malaria and medical specialists are now trying to find out where she may have caught the disease.

Last week, Webster was able to get out of bed for the first time and her kidney dialysis was reduced to six hours a day.

Actor Allen Leech (R) and Charlie Webster attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actor Allen Leech (R) and Charlie Webster attend the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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