Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster in a coma after contracting malaria in Rio 5 years ago

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster in a coma after contracting malaria in Rio

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster has been admitted to hospital after contracting a rare strain of malaria while in Rio de Janeiro.

According to the Sun, she remains on life support in a coma in the hospital in Brazil while doctors from Britain are being consulted about her treatment.

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She fell ill on August 6, and was admitted to hospital for what was thought to be severe dehydration but that has since been diagnosed as a severe complication to the infection.

Her family are said to have flown out to be by her side.

"Charlie is battling for survival at the moment – everyone is distraught", said a friend of the Webster's to the newspaper.

"But she is so strong and a very fit and healthy person in general so we have to keep positive."

She was in Rio as one of the official presenters for Team GB.

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Webster had cycled to the Olympics over the last last six weeks to raise money for cancer charities.