Sports Presenter Charlie Webster ‘In a Coma’ in Rio Hospital After Contracting Rare Malaria Strain

Sports Presenter Charlie Webster ‘In a Coma’ in Rio Hospital After Contracting Rare Malaria Strain

The 33-year-old became sick about two weeks ago after completing a 3,000-mile bicycle ride to Rio lasting six weeks. Webster’s agent confirmed that she is on life support.

Sports presenter Charlie Webster is reportedly in a coma at a Rio de Janeiro hospital after contracting a rare strain of malaria.

The 33-year-old TV presenter revealed earlier this month in a Twitter post that she had been diagnosed with a “severe complication caused by a bacterial infection” and was undergoing treatment. But this week, her team tweeted an article from The Sun, seemingly confirming that the star is in a coma and battling a rare strain of malaria.

“Charlie is battling for survival at the moment – everyone is distraught,” a friend of Webster’s reportedly told The Sun. “But she is so strong and a very fit and healthy person in general so we have to keep positive.”

The hospitalization came after Webster rode a bicycle 3,000 miles from London to the Brazilian municipality for charity.

She documented her journey on social media using the hashtag “#RidetoRio and uploaded a Twitter photo earlier this month of herself appearing in a hospital chair.

“Six weeks on the road ends in this, Very rough day, severe dehydration & infection – 2 drips & antibiotics #Rio,” she tweeted.

Days later, she uploaded a photo of herself in a hospital bed, writing, “I’m getting there … awful few days with serious infection #Rio.”

Webster’s fellow cyclists tweeted messages of support with Ride to Rio officials, writing, “All the @Ride_to_Rio team are sending thoughts & love to @CharlieCW & her family. Wishing her a speedy recovery.”

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