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TV host Charlie Webster thanks 'life-saving' hospital staff

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Image caption Charlie Webster became unwell in Brazil after watching the Olympic opening ceremony following a 3,000-mile charity bike ride

A television sports presenter who was placed in a coma after contracting malaria in Rio has thanked "life-saving" doctors after leaving hospital.

Charlie Webster, 33, who has worked for Sky and ITV, became unwell after watching the Olympic opening ceremony.

Doctors first thought she was dehydrated after ending a 3,000-mile charity bike ride, but her condition deteriorated two days later.

Webster tweeted: "I'm out of hospital, alive and finally recovering".

The former Sky Sports News presenter, from Sheffield, was admitted to hospital on 5 August and was later diagnosed with a rare strain of the disease.

After being flown back to the UK, she was cared for at St James's Hospital in Leeds.

Image copyright Charlie Webster
Image caption The presenter was in hospital for five weeks

The presenter was kept on dialysis during her treatment, but said her kidneys had now "started to slowly improve".

She said: "A big thank you to the doctor's in Rio and to the exceptional NHS and all the wonderful staff at St James for literally saving my life.

"I am so grateful for all your messages of support and to my family and friends who have been by my side throughout. Massive love."

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