Reporter in Medically Induced Coma After Contracting Disease in Rio
UPDATE: Charlie Webster has been brought out of the medically induced coma, but is being kept on dialysis and is receiving support from a respirator. Webster is conscious and has been able to communicate with her family.
British TV personality Charlie Webster is in a medically induced coma and on life support, her agentconfirmed to Sky News.
The sports presenter, 33, has been battling a rare strain of malaria, which she contracted during a trip to Rio de Janeiro.
Webster arrived to Brazil on August 4 after a grueling 3,000-mile charity bike race from London to Rio.
— Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) August 7, 2016
She was also in town to support Great Britain’s Olympic team.
Charlie was admitted to the hospital on August 6 due to dehydration and what was later thought to be a bacterial infection.
On August 8, she shared a photo of herself in the hospital with the message, “I’m getting there…awful few days with serious infection #Rio.”