Charlie Webster suffers with 'headaches' after malaria
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 October 2017
Charlie Webster has admitted she still suffers with side effects following her battle with malaria last year
Charlie Webster still suffers "constant headaches and terrible vertigo" after she caught malaria last year.
The 34-year-old presenter almost died last summer after she contracted the bacterial infection and then developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare complication from a disease, and though she's made a good recovery, she's still experiencing some effects from the illness.
She said: "My kidneys are only working to 50 per cent of their full capacity and I have to drink a lot of water.
"I still suffer with chest pains from my collapsed lung, I have constant headaches, terrible vertigo and I have damage to my left hand.
"The doctors have explained this is a long-term recovery process, but eight months ago I couldn't make a cup of tea, so I've come along way."
Charlie - who is currently single - previously revealed doctors are unsure whether she'll be able to have children in future, and though that is still a "worry" for her, she refuses to think the worst.
She told Closer magazine: "It's a worry and doctors are still looking into whether my body can physically carry a child.
"I grew up with three younger brothers and I've worked with children so having kids is really important to me.
"I refuse to think about the worst-case scenario - I'm going to make sure it happens somehow."
The former Sky Sports star's illness took its toll on her body and she initially struggled to accept how her appearance changed.
She said: "When I came out of hospital, I struggled to look in the mirror. I went up to 14st with the swelling and my face had ballooned.
"At first, I wouldn't touch my body or rub cream on it, I just didn't feel like me.
"I had bad scarring on my cheek and neck because of the tubes inside me - they looked like cigarette burns.
"But I'm proud of the scars now, they remind me I'm a survivor.
"It's taken me a while, but I'm starting to feel comfortable with myself again."