Brave TV presenter Charlie Webster appears to be winning her battle against a rare tropical disease and has managed to take on liquids for the first time.
The 33-year-old remains conscious and in a stable condition although she remains on dialysis.
The Team GB host is still very ill and has felt ‘groggy’ since she came out of the medically induced coma yesterday.
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TV presenter Charlie Webster has woken from her coma in hospital in Rio as she battles a rare form of malaria
Struggle: Charlie remains in intensive care, with her mother and brother by her bedside
Fight: The 33-year-old said to her family at her hospital bedside ‘look at all these machines keeping me alive’ – as Joy, said: ‘It has been the worst imaginable time’
Charlie’s mother, Joy, and brother remain at her hospital bedside.
She has also been able to speak with her friend Annie who had been with her when she was first admitted to hospital, via telephone.
Meanwhile doctors continue to carry out tests which they hope will aid her recovery and identify the how she contracted the tropical disease.
Webster’s family, including her mother Joy (pictured together in a photo from Charlie’s Twitter account) and brother, have flown to be at her bedside
Grateful: ‘Charlotte is really strong but as the doctors keep reminding me, everyone heals differently. ‘I am just so thankful that she’s able to communicate with us again.’
Her spokeswoman told MailOnline: ‘Charlie managed to drink water today. She remains conscious and is in a stable condition.
‘Doctors have been running lots of tests today, so Charlie’s mum and brother have only just been allowed to visit.
‘She is still on dialysis and doctors will be testing her kidneys regularly, hoping to reduce the dialysis over the next few days.
‘Charlie has felt quite overwhelmed – and pretty groggy – since coming out of the medically induced coma.
‘It is still not known how she got the strain of malaria.’
Jay has flown from her home in Leeds, West Yorkshire, to be at her daughter’s (pictured) bedside. She added: ‘It’s been the worst imaginable time – we have been beside ourselves with worry, but the fact Charlotte is now conscious is amazing.’
Her mother Joy yesterday said it ‘has been the worst imaginable time.’
She said: ‘Charlotte knows she nearly died. She mouthed to me earlier ‘look at all the machines keeping me alive’.
‘Charlotte is really strong but as the doctors keep reminding me, everyone heals differently.
‘I am just so thankful that she’s able to communicate with us again.
‘It’s been the worst imaginable time – we have been beside ourselves with worry, but the fact Charlotte is now conscious is amazing.
‘Knowing Charlotte, the thing she’ll be most annoyed about is that she’s missed the Olympics.
‘She will be especially gutted not to have seen Nicola Adams fight today – there’s a TV on the wall, so hopefully she can at least watch the Women’s Boxing final.’
Joy added: ‘Charlotte knows she nearly died. She mouthed to me earlier ‘look at all the machines keeping me alive”
The family have thanked the ‘incredible doctors’ who are treating Charlie and also thanked the ‘fantastic’ British Consulate.
Charlie is in Brazil as one of the official presenters for Team GB. She embarked on a gruelling 3,000-mile charity bike ride from the UK to Rio in time for the start of the Games.
Her doctors have details of the route and are using that information to calculate where and when she may have contracted malaria.
Charlie ‘bawled her eyes out’ after feeling ‘so sick’ six weeks ago in Spain during the ride to the Olympics.
She threw up during the race and ‘gulped down’ Paracetamol.
It is not known whether the two incidents are connected but Charlie has spoken in the past about suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
Close: TV favourite Charlie, who did a 3,000-mile charity bike ride to Rio in time for the Games, is being supported by Joy and her brother
A map shows the route taken by Charlie Webster as part of her Ride to Rio, starting in London and finishing in Rio de Janeiro
In a blog dated July 6, she wrote: ‘I had a pretty rough night last night, I felt so sick and then was sick. I ended up sat on the floor in my hotel room balling my eyes out to my mum and my friend.
‘I just feel so sick… my mum and friend were fantastic! I got off the phone, sniffled a bit, drank some water and fell asleep.
‘I woke up this morning still feeling like I’d been dug up! I’m normally the most smiley, positive person but this morning I struggled to even speak. I managed to force some muesli down me, have a little whimper to Shiv our Ride to Rio team manager and get myself on the bike.
‘I started to peddle and we started downhill which helped as we’d climbed the mountain the night before doing an extra 5 miles to get ahead. I was pretty grateful for that. I decided to do my best to convince myself I was ok and really take care of my hydration and food – and gulped a few paracetamol’s down!’
A photograph posted to Twitter by Charlie shows the presenter petting a dog shortly after arriving in Brazil
Charlie ‘bawled her eyes out’ after feeling ‘so sick’ in Spain six weeks ago during her gruelling six-week 3,000-mile bike ride from Britain to Brazil
By lunchtime, Charlie had recovered enough to drink ‘a large glass of Rioja’ before having lunch in the medieval town of Santo Domingo.
But, on July 22, the TV host had another lapse of sickness in Brazil. ‘I went through about an hour of just feeling rubbish, sick, eyes allover the place and head banging,’ she wrote.
‘We pulled up for some shade and to take on a few gels and we all just slumped on a makeshift bench, clearly all feeling the same. The hills were tough but the heat just makes it ten times harder.’
Webster was one of the official presenters for Team GB at the Olympics and was working alongside fellow ambassadors for a number of different broadcasters (pictured)
Her publicist Megan Carver said: ‘Charlie has contracted a rare form of malaria and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
‘Charlie is getting the best treatment available from a team of specialist doctors from Brazil, the USA and the UK.’
The build-up to the Rio Olympics was overshadowed by concerns about the Zika outbreak, but it is the better known mosquito-borne virus which Webster has contracted.
Joy released this statement in reaction to her daughter waking in hospital earlier today
Webster was part of a team who cycled 3,000 miles from the UK to Rio over a six-week period to raise money for a cancer charity, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal
The 33-year-old is battling back from a rare tropical disease. One of the pictures she posted on Twitter from hospital before her condition deteriorated is right
Last December Webster split amicably from her actor boyfriend Allen Leech, who played Tom Branson in Downton Abbey, with the pair wanting to focus on their respective careers
Charlie’s publicist Megan Carver confirmed the TV presenter was fighting for her life with her mother (pictured together in an image from her Twitter account) at her bedside
She was one of Team GB’s official presenters at the Olympics and was working alongside fellow ambassadors for a number of different broadcasters.
The TV presenter is being treated in the intensive care unit at a hospital in Copacabana.
The imposing private hospital is the clinic of choice for Brazil’s rich and famous.
In Rio: Webster’s family, including her mother and brother, have flown to be at her bedside
The presenter seemed emotional as she finished the Ride to Rio charity event, culminating at Christ the Redeemer
She arrived in Rio on August 4 and the following night attended the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium.
But she is said to have felt unwell during the event and began vomiting.
She initially put it down to dehydration and felt well enough to post pictures from hospital on social media.
She tweeted: ‘Very rough day, severe dehydration & infection – 2 drips & antibiotics #Rio.’
Later Charlie added: ‘I’m getting there…awful few days with serious infection #Rio’.
Last December Webster split amicably from her actor boyfriend of one year Allen Leech, who played Tom Branson in Downton Abbey, with the pair wanting to focus on their respective careers.
She made headlines in January 2014 after she waived her right to anonymity as a victim of sex assault after revealing she’d been abused by her running coach.
Her support of sexual abuse victims saw her threaten to resign as a patron of football club Sheffield United if they re-signed rapist Ched Evans.
Officials sprayed for mosquitoes at the Media Village in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. It is unclear whether this was in any way connected to the incident involving Webster
Charity ride: Webster was part of a team who cycled 3,000 miles from the UK to Rio over a six-week period to raise money for a cancer charity, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal
The presenter arrived in Rio on August 4 and the following night attended the opening ceremony at the Maracanã Stadium. But she is said to have felt unwell during the event
MALARIA: WHAT YOU MUST KNOW
Malaria is caused by parasites that are transmitted through the bites of infected female mosquitoes.
Nearly 3.2 billion people – which is almost half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.
The WHO estimated that in 2015, there were 214 million cases of malaria – as well as 438,000 deaths.
The disease appears mostly in warmer climates, where there is a lot of humidity and rain.
Malaria is caused by parasites transmitted through bites of infected female mosquitoes
The people who are most vulnerable to the disease are young children, pregnant women and travelers from malaria-free areas.
Once someone is infected with malaria, symptoms usually pop up in seven days or later (usually 10 to 15 days).
The first symptoms are mild and tough to recognize as malaria, for they include fever, headache, chills and vomiting.
But if malaria isn’t treated within 24 hours, it can lead to severe illness – and death.
Children with sever malaria tend to develop severe anemia, respiratory distress or cerebral malaria.
But for adults with severe malaria, they also often have multi-organ involvement.
In areas where malaria is an epidemic, some people can develop partial immunity – which allows asymptomatic infections to occur.
Source: World Health Organization