UK TV presenter hospitalized in Rio with rare malaria strain

August 18, 2016 GMT

LONDON (AP) — British TV presenter Charlie Webster has been brought out of a medically-induced coma in Rio de Janeiro after contracting a rare strain of malaria during a 3,000-mile (4,828 km) charity cycle ride.

The 33-year-old’s family said in a statement she was able to speak to them Thursday, but remains in intensive care in a hospital.

The Team GB ambassador, who has worked for Sky Sports, is being kept on dialysis as her kidneys are not responding to treatment and is being supported by a respirator. Yet doctors said they are “very happy with Charlie’s neurological results” after performing a number of cognitive tests.

Her family said: “It’s been the worst imaginable time - we have been beside ourselves with worry but the fact Charlotte is now conscious is amazing.”