I’m getting stronger each day says Webster

Picture taken from the Twitter feed of television sports presenter Charlie Webster, 33, who is seriously ill in a Rio hospital after contracting an infection following a 3,000 mile charity cycle from London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 18, 2016. See PA story SPORT Webster. Photo credit should read: Twitter/PA Wire

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Picture taken from the Twitter feed of television sports presenter Charlie Webster, 33, who is seriously ill in a Rio hospital after contracting an infection following a 3,000 mile charity cycle from London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 18, 2016. See PA story SPORT Webster. Photo credit should read: Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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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 dialysis treatment reduced and is planning to return to the UK as soon as possible, her management said.

The former Sky and ITV sports presenter, from Sheffield fell seriously ill on August 6 following a 3,000-mile (4,828km) charity cycle ride, having arrived in Rio a few days earlier.

Webster was admitted to hospital, where doctors initially thought she was dehydrated following the gruelling six-week Ride To Rio challenge.

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 for those. 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.”