Haribo Beacon says prompt first aid saved rider Levi Moody’s life after cardiac arrest
18-year-old from Halifax given CPR by team staff and race medics, now stable in hospital
British team Haribo Beacon has credited its sport director and race medics with saving the life of 18-year-old team rider, Levi Moody, after he suffered a series of cardiac arrests at a race in Belgium at the weekend.
The team says that Moody, who comes from Halifax, is currently in a stable condition thanks to the prompt first aid he was given. He remains in an intensive care unit as a precautionary measure.
Moody, a former under-16 national scratch race champion and winner of the Future Stars competition at the Revolution Series, was cooling down on the rollers after riding the 7.9km prologue of the junior Belgian stage race Ster van Zuid Limberg when he collapsed.
The team says he suffered a series of five cardiac arrests and was administered first aid by sport director Matt Jones and race medics, including being given CPR.
Once an ambulance arrived, he was resuscitated with the help of a defibrillator and taken to hospital in Hasselt, which is about 50 kilometres northwest of Liège, where he is conscious and said to be appreciative of the messages of support he has received.
His family have arrived in Belgium to be with him and he is due to be repatriated to St James' Hospital in Leeds later his week.
Last month, Moody, returning to racing after illness over the winter, came second in the Trefeo Montuiri in Mallorca, and also helped Haribo Beacon secure its first two wins in the British National Junior Series.
His five team mates finished the prologue and remained in the race, which concluded yesterday.