television presenter Charlie Webster is now out of her coma after being taken seriously ill in Brazil, it was revealed today.
The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador, who is from Sheffield, was on life support after contracting a rare strain of malaria following the 3,000-mile Ride to Rio challenge in aid of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal earlier this month.
Her mother revealed last night in a statement that her daughter knew how ill she had been.
Her mother, whose name was not revealed, said in a statement: “Charlotte know she nearly died, she mouthed to me earlier ‘look at all the machines keeping me alive’.
“Charlotte is really strong but as the doctors keep reminding me, everyone heals differently.
“I am just so thankful that she’s able to communicate with us again.
“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 took on the London to Rio challenge alongside Mike Tomlinson, the husband of late Leeds fundraiser Jane, as well as ex-rugby league stars Keith Senior and Paul Highton.
The 39-day challenge marked the 10th anniversary of the 4,200-mile ride across America that Jane completed before she died.
It is thought the former Sky and ITV presenter fell seriously ill two days after arriving in Rio on August 4 but her condition has since worsened and her mother, brother and manager have flown to be at her bedside.
A message on her Twitter account yesterday read: “Thank you very much for all your messages of support, it means so much. #TeamCharlie.”
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal has released a statement explaining it had been saddened to hear how unwell she was following the fundraising challenge.
Doctors initially thought Ms Webster was dehydrated following the ride but, more than a week on, it appears the situation is much more serious than first thought.
The presenter initially shared her frustration with her fans on social media the day after she was admitted to hospital.
She wrote: “Six weeks on the road ends in this. Very rough day, severe dehydration and infection – two drips and antibiotics #Rio.”
But she remained positive, telling fans on August 9: “I’m getting there... awful few days with serious infection #Rio.”
She posted a photo showing her lying in a hospital bed hooked up to a drip, but smiling, adding later: “Looking forward to being a part of @TeamGB here at #Rio2016.”
However she made no further posts and a statement on Facebook and Twitter on August 11 revealed her condition had worsened.
Following confirmation that she is in a serious condition battling malaria, it has emerged advice has been issued by the London School of Tropical Medicine.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: “We are providing support to a British woman who is in hospital in Rio.”Read more: