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17th Aug 2016

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

Our thoughts are with Charlie and her family...

Carl Anka

Sky Sports News host Charlie Webster has been admitted to hospital after contracting malaria in Rio de Janeiro.

As The Sun reports, Webster is currently in a coma on life support.

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 paper to the newspaper.

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

As the newspaper reports,”The doctors have now identified the very rare malaria strain she has contracted so she is receiving the right treatment in Rio, with advice being provided by the London School of Tropical Medicine.”

Charlie Webster was one of the team GB presenters down in Rio covering the Olympics.

A friend said: “She had checked the medical risks and been told she didn’t need to take anti malaria drugs because of where she was travelling.”

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