A television sports presenter is in a coma at a Rio hospital after contracting a rare strain of malaria.Former Sky Sports News presenter Charlie Webster fell seriously ill after completing a 3,000-mile charity cycle from London. She was admitted to hospital on 6 August after watching the Olympic opening ceremony, having arrived in Rio a few days earlier.
Doctors initially thought she was dehydrated following the gruelling six-week Ride to Rio challenge, but then diagnosed her as suffering from a severe complication caused by a bacterial infection.
The 33-year-old had tweeted the day after being admitted to hospital: “Six weeks on the road ends in this. Very rough day, severe dehydration & infection – 2 drips & antibiotics #Rio.” Just two days later she wrote: “I’m getting there… awful few days with serious infection #Rio.”
Webster made no more posts and a statement on her Facebook and Twitter profiles on 11 August revealed how her condition had worsened. But on Thursday her agent confirmed she is in a coma and on life support as she undergoes treatment for a rare strain of malaria. A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to a British woman who is in hospital in Rio.”