Ex-Sky Sports host Charlie Webster gets tattoo as reminder of her near death

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Ex-Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster has revealed how she has got a tattoo as a permanent reminder of how close she came to death when she was fighting malaria.

The 37-year-old nearly died in 2016 after contracting a rare form of malaria while taking part in a 3,000-mile charity cycle ride in Rio de Janeiro as an official Team GB Olympic presenter.

She was put into a medically induced coma and doctors feared the worse.

As medics fought to save her Charlie could hear everything – including conversations about her impending death.

"I could hear when I was in the coma, it was incredibly distressing, I was also told I was dying when I was still conscious. It was like torture trapped inside," she said.

Incredibly Charlie pulled through but knows just how lucky she was.

And to remind her of her journey Charlie has got an an angel tattoo on her leg.

Tweeting a picture of the inking she said: "I saw this angel when I was in a coma 4 years ago.

"She was courageous, had incredible strength but with such conviction & calm in my distress.

"I recreated it as a tattoo to remind myself what I've come through. 

"Remember how far you've come. There's so much strength in that."

Charlie's followers praised her for her bravery once again with one saying: "love the reminder you take with you . Beautiful artwork too.  

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"Once heard you describe that time on the radio… can’t begin to explain how striking, impactful it came across… reality it was just the start of a new journey for you.  Even if that angel is still needed."

Another tweeted: "You're an angel to many of us Charlie with what you've done to help us with #mindtalk not to mention all the other causes you fight for!! I'm not going to get a tattoo of your face on my leg though."

Someone else told her: "Your incredible lady Charlie stay strong always here I'm big supporter for yours."

While another person said: "How wonderful that an image of an angel came to you in your distress, I’m so glad that you had that.

"Turning the image into a tattoo is a wonderful idea, I hope it is empowering and inspiring for you, thank you for sharing, much love."

Charlie has spoken before about the lasting effects of malaria on her body.

Speaking last year she said: “When I did survive I had to learn to walk again. I couldn’t even do the simplest of tasks.

“I’m getting better but I still see consultants a lot and have my organs and blood counts checked.

“I have lasting damage that was caused from being on life support and in a coma and an ongoing kidney problem. Scans of my kidneys look like they have been in a war.

“There’s loads of scar tissue that won’t regenerate. They won’t improve and I have a bit of a liver thing going on too.

“So I have to be careful with dehydration. I drink litres of water a day. I feel sick straightaway if I do get dehydrated.”

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