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Ill presenter Charlie Webster thanks fans for support

By PA Reporter

Published 23/08/2016

On mend: Charlie Webster
On mend: Charlie Webster

Poorly TV presenter Charlie Webster has vowed to read the "thousands of messages of love and support" she has received after contracting malaria in Brazil.

The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador has had her dialysis treatment reduced, her management said.

The former Sky and ITV sports presenter fell seriously ill following a gruelling 3,000-mile charity cycle ride, having arrived in Rio a few days earlier. Webster was admitted to hospital, where doctors initially thought she was dehydrated.

However, her condition deteriorated after she developed a severe complication from a bacterial infection.

In a message to her nearly 80,000 Twitter followers, Webster said: "I'm told I have thousands of messages of love and support to read once I'm better, so thank you very much.

"The last 16 days have been hell - although I don't remember most of them:)

"I am getting stronger each day and look forward to watching all the Olympic highlights; I hear #TeamGB have triumphed!"

A spokesman for Webster said: "Over the weekend, Charlie's kidneys responded well to treatment and the dialysis has been reduced to around six hours a day.

"The goal now is to get Charlie stronger and fly her home to the UK as soon as possible."

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