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British TV presenter seriously ill with rare strain of malaria in Rio hospital

It’s understood that she was placed in an induced coma last night.

A BRITISH TELEVISION sports presenter is in a serious condition in Rio de Janeiro after contracting a rare strain of malaria.

Charlie Webster had cycled to the Rio Olympics on a 3,000 mile trek over six weeks to raise money for a cancer charity.

The former Sky Sports and ITV presenter was taken to hospital after she became unwell on 6 August.

Today reports have surfaced that Webster’s family have travelled to her bedside as she was placed in an induced coma last night.

At first doctors thought the 33-year-old was dehydrated after the six week Ride to Rio challenge.

The day after she was admitted to hospital, she shared this post on Twitter:

Webster was later diagnosed with a severe complication caused by a bacterial infection.

The Team GB Ambassador posted a link to an article about her condition today, and expressed gratitude for the messages of support.

The Ride to Rio campaign has wished Webster a speedy recovery, describing her as a “tough lady”.

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