Former state Sen. Joe Moseley recovers from heart attack

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 8:23 p.m. CDT; updated 9:31 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 22, 2013
Joe Moseley, shown in this 2011 file photo, testifies before the court during Johnny Wright's trial for the murder of Becky Doisy. Moseley was the prosecuting attorney when Wright's roommate, Harry Moore, came forward with information that Wright showed him the body of Doisy in 1976. Moseley is recovering from a heart attack after a bike ride last week.

COLUMBIA — Joe Moseley, the former state senator and Boone County prosecuting attorney, was riding his dark green Trek bike with a cycling group Saturday when his riding partner, Rick Bohon, noticed something was wrong.

"It was (Rick's) impression I wasn't riding the way I normally ride, but I don't remember anything about the ride that would have alarmed me," Moseley said. "There was nothing that would have predicted this."

Moseley, 63, collapsed in the parking lot of New Haven School after a 28-mile bike ride, and Bohon, a dentist who was recently recertified in CPR, started performing the procedure. A physical education teacher who heard Bohon shouting rushed to the scene and took over once Bohon could no longer perform the compressions, Moseley said.

Ten minutes later, paramedics arrived and were forced to use a defibrillator after Moseley flatlined twice, he said. 

Doctors at University Hospital discovered that Moseley had a blood clot in his left anterior descending artery. One of the nurses at the hospital told Moseley this type of clot is known as a "widow maker." The doctors inserted a catheter to help relieve the blockage. 

Moseley was released from the hospital Tuesday, and has been recovering at home. He met with his general practitioner this week, and will begin cardiac rehab and meet with a cardiologist next week. 

He was taking some time off from his work at Shelter Insurance, but was looking forward to watching the Missouri basketball game.

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