Sheffield-born sports presenter thanks fans for support during illness

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Sheffield-born sports presenter Charlie Webster has thanked fans for their support while she has been seriously ill in Rio.

The 33-year-old, who attended Tapton School, ended up in a coma and on a life support machine after contracting a rare strain of malaria as she rode from Britain to Brazil ahead of the Olympic Games.

The Sheffield United fan and Sky and BBC TV presenter was part of a group which completed a 3,000-mile charity ride, which ended in Rio in time for the Olympics.

But Charlie was admitted to hospital after feeling unwell, with medics initially believing she was dehydrated after the gruelling six-week ride.

She was later found to have contracted a rare form of malaria and was put on a respirator to help her breathe.

She also needed dialysis when her kidneys stopped working.

But she is now conscious and dictated a Twitter post from her hospital bed, which was posted on Monday.

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It reads: "I've been told that 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 that TeamGB triumphed."