Cyclist loses fight for life

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A CYCLIST who collapsed in the street from a heart attack and was airlifted to hospital has lost his fight for life.

Matthew Muir, 61, was resuscitated by flying paramedics by the side of the road after he came off his bike near Brus Corner, in the West View area of Hartlepool, on Friday.

He had suffered a “massive” heart attack and was flown to the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, for specialist care.

But he died on Saturday after spending time in the intensive treatment unit.

Mr Muir, a window cleaner who lived in Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, not far from where he collapsed just after 4.30pm.

His devastated family were too upset to speak to the Mail.

A spokeswoman for South Tees Hospitals said: “I can confirm that Mr Matthew Muir sadly passed away on Saturday.”

Early reports to the emergency services had said there had been a collision between a car and a bicycle.

But after road paramedics and the police arrived it was found that Mr Muir had collapsed without any other vehicle involved.

The Great North Air Ambulance ambulance also flew to the town from Durham Tees Valley Airport with a consultant anaesthetist on board to assist with his treatment.

Jane Peacock, a paramedic with the charity, said he had suffered a “massive cardiac event”.

She told the Mail: “We were able to resuscitate him and massaged his heart, but there can be an underlying cardiac problem that caused the incident in the first place, and that is always concerning.”

Police confirmed that it was a health issue, and their involvement was just to assist the rescue mission.