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

by Simon_MacMichael   April 22, 2014  

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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.

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Crikey, that would be a bit of a shocker. What could cause this to happen to an 18 yo? He can't have buried himself that deeply in the prologue can he? Undiagnosed heart problem maybe? Hope he gets well soon.

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posted by notfastenough [2952 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 15:26

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Heart problem or use of PEDs

posted by late8 [4 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 15:42

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He maybe very luck in that this incident may well highlight an undiagnosed heart problem that could have cost him his life if it went undiagnosed.

posted by usedtobefaster [83 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 16:00

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As a hobby cyclist with an arrhythmia, I'd be keen to know what caused this.


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posted by pschristian [5 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 17:51

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Very glad he survived...kudos to the quick thinking and prepared team...well done...heres to a quick recovery to you young man.

posted by tommytwoparrots [14 posts]
22nd April 2014 - 20:34

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My gut reaction to the cause of this would be related to the illness suffered earlier in the season... but hey, we're all shooting in the dark.

I would however be quick to question where the history of drugged up cyclists having heart attacks immediately following races is, for anyone to be passing around PED accusations.

Fingers crossed the chap makes a great recovery, and that Haribos recent spate of bad luck is over.

posted by Jimmy Ray Will [219 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 12:32

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Shame on anyone instantly dropping the PED thing, how cruel!

Poor lads trying to recover from this, as well as get his head around it and figure out his life - he's only 18 for crying out loud.

He's a sweet kid and I really hope he's alright.

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 12:36

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Disapointing to see the PED comments. an 18 year old lad just had a heart attack and that's the conclusion people jump to? Aren't we in this sport together? Get well soon Levi!!

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posted by washeduprider [3 posts]
23rd April 2014 - 14:21

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