Man reunited with people who saved his life in Richmond Park

Image above: (L to R) PC James Levesley, Natalia Krivdina (Peter’s wife), Peter Krivdina, Dr Jessica Padley (assisted with CPR), PC Paul Barber.

Cyclist stopped breathing during 100km bike ride

A man who stopped breathing during a 100-kilometre bike ride around Richmond Park has been reunited with the people who saved his life. Peter Krivdina, a 51-year-old resident of Hammersmith, collapsed three-quarters of the way into his eighth lap around the park on Sunday 7 May.

The dramatic turn of events unfolded when two quick-thinking members of the public rushed to Peter’s aid to give him CPR, while also calling for an ambulance. Their selfless actions caught the attention of passersby, including an off-duty NHS doctor and an anaesthetist, who joined the efforts to revive Peter.

PC James Levesley and PC Paul Barber, on patrol nearby, received the distress call and arrived at the scene within four minutes. Equipped with defibrillators, which police have in patrol cars, the officers administered vital treatment to Peter before the ambulance arrived.

A pulse was detected, and Peter was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting, where he was hospitalised for two weeks. To the relief of his family and loved ones, Peter made a complete recovery and was discharged.

Image above: Richmond Park; library image

“Very grateful”

Expressing his profound gratitude, Peter said:

“I am very grateful to the many people who helped me when I collapsed. They saved my life, and I cannot be more thankful. I also received excellent care from the emergency services and the staff at St George’s Hospital.”

Recalling the incident, Peter added:

“It had been a long day of cycling, and I remember feeling unwell when I reached the top of a hill. I remember collapsing, but I have no memory after that until I woke up in the hospital. This experience has made me realise that CPR is a crucial skill, and I believe everyone should learn it, so they know what to do if they find themselves in a similar situation.”

London witnesses around 14,000 cardiac arrest cases annually. Early CPR and defibrillation can significantly increase the chances of survival, more than doubling the likelihood of recovery for those affected.

Image above: CPR training

CPR a “vital skill”

PC James Levesley, who is stationed at Richmond Park, expressed his delight upon hearing of Peter’s complete recovery, emphasising the importance of early intervention.

“For every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest without CPR or a shock from a defibrillator, their chance of survival drops by 10 percent,” he explained, commending the passersby who provided first aid until professional help arrived.

PC Paul Barber, who also serves at Richmond Park, said:

“As police officers, we are given first aid training as we are often the first people to arrive at the scene of a major incident where a person is in need of urgent medical assistance, however, CPR is a vital skill, and I would encourage everyone to learn how to perform it.”

To learn more about CPR see the British Heart Foundation’s website: bhf.org.uk