18/08/2016 07:55 BST | Updated 18/08/2016 09:45 BST

Team GB TV Presenter Charlie Webster In A Coma And 'Fighting For Life' In Rio After Contracting Malaria

'Charlie is battling for survival at the moment – everyone is distraught.'

TV presenter Charlie Webster is fighting for her life in Rio after contracting a rare strain of malaria.

The former Sky Sports News host, who was due to be one of the official presenters for Team GB, is on life support after falling ill two weeks ago.

She was struck down with the disease while travelling to this summer’s Olympic Games.

The 33-year-old star cycled 3,000 miles to Rio in a charity bike ride, which started in London before heading through France, Spain and Portugal.

She then flew to north Brazil and rode to Rio in time for the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday August 5, one day after she arrived in the city.

The friend added: “She had checked the medical risks and been told she didn’t need to take anti malaria drugs because of where she was travelling.

“Charlie started vomiting at the ceremony and thought it was dehydration and general fatigue from the cycle.

“In the early hours after the ceremony she went to hospital and was treated for dehydration.”

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Last week, Charlie took to social media to update fans on her “serious infection” but her condition has since got worse.

Her kidneys have stopped functioning and she was having difficulty breathing.

Her friend added: “Last Friday, Charlie was put into an induced coma. She remains in an induced coma and is on life support.”

Charlie previously dated ‘Downton Abbey’ star Allen Leech but the pair split in December to focus on their careers.

HuffPost UK have contacted Charlie’s spokesperson for comment.

We wish her a full and speedy recovery.

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