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British TV presenter Charlie Webster brought out of induced coma in Rio

The presenter fell ill with a rare strain of malaria.

Image: Charlie Webster via Twitter

BRITISH TELEVISION PRESENTER Charlie Webster has been brought out of an induced coma in a Rio hospital after falling seriously ill with a rare strain of malaria.

The 33-year-old had cycled to the Olympics on a 3,000 mile trek over six weeks to raise money for charity and was taken to hospital after becoming unwell on 6 August. Doctors at first thought she was dehydrated, but it later emerged her condition was much more serious.

She was placed in an induced coma last Thursday.

The Guardian reports the woman is now conscious and has spoken to family members, though she remains seriously ill.

In a statement, her mother Joy said her daughter “nearly died”, adding “she mouthed to me earlier ‘look at all the machines keeping me alive’”.

It’s been the worst imaginable time – we have been beside ourselves with worry, but the fact Charlotte is now conscious is amazing. Knowing Charlotte, the thing she’ll be most annoyed about is that she’s missed the Olympics.

“She will be especially gutted not to have seen Nicola Adams fight today – there’s a TV on the wall, so hopefully she can at least watch the women’s boxing final.”

Doctors have said they are happy with her neurological results, but cautioned her kidneys were not responding to treatment and she remains on dialysis.

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