CHARLIE Webster rose to fame as a much-loved sports presenter but her dream job covering the 2016 Rio Olympics turned into a nightmare after she contracted malaria.
Here’s all you need to know about the 34-year-old presenter and her road to recovery…
Who is Charlie Webster? What’s her background?
Charlotte Webster is an English television presenter born in Sheffield on 9 November 1982.
After studying Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, Charlie spent time juggling jobs as a personal trainer, amateur model and fitness instructor.
Charlie then kickstarted her international presenting career by taking on sports TV work in Spain and Asia before moving back to the UK and scoring high profile work with ITV and Sky Sports.
What happened to Charlie during the 2016 Rio Olympics?
Charlie contracted malaria while in Rio to cover the 2016 Olympic Games.
She fell ill after cycling to the Olympics on a six-week, 3,000 mile trek to raise money for a cancer charity.
The journey saw her travel from London through France, Spain and Portugal before taking a flight to the north of Brazil and then cycling down the country to Rio.
It took five days after Charlie was rushed to hospital with blood poisoning for doctors to detect malaria, and she also had a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome, as a result of a bacterial infection.
Contracting the illness has left Charlie fearing she may not be able to have children.
Doctors are currently looking into this issue after she was given another operation to aid her recovery, which has been called a “miracle”.
What is Malaria and how is it spread?
Malaria is a life-threatening blood disease which is transmitted to humans via Anopheles mosquitoes – in exceptionally rare circumstances the disease can also be spread by blood transfusions.
Common symptoms of the life-threatening illness include fever, muscle pain, diarrhoea, vomiting and convulsions.
If an infected mosquito bites a human and transmits parasites, those parasites will then multiply in the liver before infecting red blood cells all over the body.
Malaria kills an estimated one million people each year.
What else has Charlie Webster done?
When she left Sky Sports News in 2014 Charlie continued to cover a range of sports for Sky as well as working for other broadcasters.
In April of that year Charlie made a historic appearance as the first female presenter of a boxing bout for Eurosport when she covered Wladimir Klitschko’s fight against Alex Leapai.
She has since worked on Box Nation, Good Morning Britain and Channel 5 as well as writing sport columns for a number of outlets.
Charlie is currently an ambassador for Skechers and has taken part in several publicity campaigns for the brand.
Is Charlie Webster in a relationship?
Charlie was in a relationship with Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech. She announced their split in December 2015 citing conflicting schedules for the break-up.
At the time, Charlie said: “Downton Abbey has just finished and he is going to go on to a huge career.
“And my career is really exciting.
“It was the wrong time for either of us to be in a long-term relationship.”