“He’d died on the road­side four times”

Halifax Courier - - Yourcourier -

An 18-year-old cy­cling cham­pion from Halifax is lucky to be alive af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack fol­low­ing a race in Bel­gium. Levi Moody, of Mount Ta­bor, “died on the road­side four times” fol­low­ing the episode on Satur­day.

Race team staff and em­ploy­ees from a nearby ho­tel car­ried out CPR un­til paramedics ar­rived. Medics then had to use a de­fib­ril­la­tor to re­vive Mr Moody as he strug­gled to cling on to his life.

Speak­ing at his son’s bed­side at Has­selt Hospi­tal in Bel­gium, Mr Moody’s fa­ther Craig said he is just happy Levi’s alive.

“Levi is fine. He’s just tired and sore from the CPR,” he said. “They had to bring him back four times. He’d died on the road­side four times.

“We’re just happy that he’s still here and we’ll deal with all the other stuff later.”

Mr Moody, who races for HARIBO Beacon Cy­cling Team, col­lapsed af­ter com­plet­ing the 7.9km pro­logue of the Ster van Zuid Lim­berg in Bel­gium.

He was cool­ing down on the rollers when he fell to the floor.

Mr Levi only re­turned to rac­ing within the last month af­ter ill­ness dur­ing the off sea­son, but his fa­ther said it was too early to de­ter­mine what caused the heart at­tack.

“For­tu­nately be­cause the start and fin­ish line was near the ho­tel lots of his team mates were watch­ing and rushed to his aid,” he said.

“The di­rec­tor sportif Matt Jones and ho­tel staff ad­min­is­tered CPR un­til the am­bu­lance staff ar­rived and they per­formed de­fib­ril­la­tion. He was then taken to hospi­tal.

“I’d like to thank Matt for ad­min­is­ter­ing most of the CPR, all his team mates for play­ing their part and run­ning to get the am­bu­lance, the ho­tel staff for putting me and my wife up, and Tony Bar­rett from the Health­care Man­age­ment Trust for help­ing to get Levi home.”

Levi was ex­pected to have been trans­ferred to Saint James’s Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Leeds last night.

A for­mer Sowerby Bridge High School pupil, he started his rac­ing ca­reer with Pedal­sport CC in Halifax, aged 15.

He moved on to RST and be­came na­tional track cham­pion in scratch.

The ris­ing star signed for HARIBO Beacon Cy­cling Team last year.

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