Charlie Webster is back in the UK after contracting malaria in Brazil

TV presenter Charlie Webster, who contracted malaria in Brazil, has arrived back in the UK.

The 33-year-old Team GB ambassador travelled on a special medical plane with a team of professionals who continued her care on the 20-hour journey.

Webster’s condition remains stable but serious, and she will continue her treatment in a private ward at St James’s Hospital in Leeds.

In a message dictated from her hospital bed, she said: “I’m so grateful to the staff at Copa D’or hospital in Rio for the care I received, they saved my life.

“The last few weeks have been hell and I’m just so thankful to be here.

“I have the most wonderful family and friends supporting me and the well wishes from the public has been incredible. I’m happy to be home to continue my recovery in the UK.”

She fell ill at the beginning of the Rio Olympics after having just completed a 3,000-mile (4,828km) charity cycle ride from London to Rio.

Her condition quickly deteriorated and she was put into a medically induced coma. Doctors diagnosed a very rare strain of malaria and medical specialists are now trying to find out where she may have caught the disease.

Last week, she was able to get out of bed for the first time and her kidney dialysis was reduced to six hours a day.

More in this Section

Friends reunited as Jennifer Aniston finally joins InstagramFriends reunited as Jennifer Aniston finally joins Instagram

Thin Lizzy and Motorhead among nominees for Rock And Roll Hall Of FameThin Lizzy and Motorhead among nominees for Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Ant and Dec unveil plans for street racing cars show on BBC TwoAnt and Dec unveil plans for street racing cars show on BBC Two

Claudia Schiffer loses planning battle over sprawling UK estateClaudia Schiffer loses planning battle over sprawling UK estate


Lifestyle

I am dating a lovely guy. However, he seems really awkward about being naked in front of me.Sex File: Boyfriend keeps his T-shirt on during sex

To instantly power up your look, veer towards the hard shoulder.Bold shoulder: How to instantly power up your look

Plums are a wonderful autumn fruit, useful for all sorts of recipes both sweet and savoury. In Ireland we are blessed with wonderfully sweet plums.Currabinny Cooks: Juicy plums work for both sweet and savoury dishes

The rise of home skincare devices doesn't mean that salons and clinics no longer serve a purpose.The Skin Nerd: Don’t try this at home — new treatments in the salon

More From The Irish Examiner