Orlando Anchor Returns Home From Vacation Fighting Mysterious Illness

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WFTV anchor Martha Sugalski is fighting an infection she got during a 10-day family vacation.

She was admitted to the hospital after days of chills, migraines and aches.

Doctors have tested her for a number of illnesses including meningitis but have not yet found the source.


Sugalski’s co-anchor Jorge Estevez has been tweeting out updates on his best friend’s progress.

Yesterday, the mother of three got on social media Tuesday to thank viewers for their continued support and messages.

“When you’re in a hospital not knowing what’s going on and feeling horrible, reading kind words and hearing, ‘We miss you on TV,’ and ‘We can’t wait to see you back on Channel 9,’ It means a lot,” she said.

She has been feeling better since being admitted to the hospital and posted that she’ll soon be released to go home.


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I’ve been simply blown away by your kindness. All the messages, emails, calls and texts from friends, co-workers, viewers and followers. I was admitted into the hospital yesterday after days of high fever, pressure headaches, profuse sweating and chills at night so bad I would have a robe on and 3 heavy blankets yet couldn’t get warm. The doctors tested me for the flu and meningitis (that spinal puncture test is no fun) that was negative. They know I have an infection they have to figure out a source. They rehydrated me and are pumping me with antibiotics. I had a renal scan at 2:30 in the morning..waiting on the results. I pray we have answers soon, for now I sit and wait. Thank you to the doctors and nurses and staff at @adventhealth they have made me feel extra special and I know I’m in good hands. I also appreciate all your kind words and prayers..stay tuned..

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