A British TV presenter is fighting for her life after contracting a rare strain of malaria.

The sports presenter is on life support in a Rio de Janeiro hospital after contracting the disease while travelling to Rio to cover the games.

She first fell ill two weeks ago, and her friend told the UK’s Sun newspaper ‘’Charlie is battling for survival at the moment – everyone is distraught.’’

“But she is so strong and a very fit and healthy person in general so we have to keep positive.

“The doctors have now identified the very rare malaria strain she has contracted so she is receiving the right treatment in Rio, with advice being provided by the London School of Tropical Medicine.”

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


She then flew to North Brazil and rode to Rio in time for the opening ceremony on Friday, August 5.

A friend said “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 the hospital and was treated for dehydration.” Last week she shared posts on social media saying she had a ‘serious infection’, but her condition has since worsened and her kidneys have stopped working.

The TV star’s family have flown to Rio to be by her side.