TV presenter Charlie Webster thanks Rio doctors and NHS staff for ‘literally saving my life’

TV presenter Charlie Webster is out of hospital five weeks after she nearly died from a rare strain of malaria, contracted while on a charity cycle ride in Brazil

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

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.

Charlie Webster
Charlie Webster (Ian West/PA)


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:

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

Charlie Webster
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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.

Charlie Webster


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