“He’d died on the roadside four times”
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.