Wiggles' Greg Page Suffers Cardiac Arrest, Collapses On Stage During Bushfire Relief Concert
Original Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed during the group's reunion concert for bushfire relief in Sydney on Friday night.
He was rushed to hospital after collapsing, with bandmate Anthony Field saying The Wiggles' drummer helped save Page's life by administering CPR. A trained nurse, who was at the concert as a fan, also helped in keeping Page alive, using a defibrillator.
Page appears to be on the mend, with the group tweeting a picture of him giving a thumbs-up from his bed. However, it appears he will not take the stage for the group's concert on Saturday.
The Wiggles were moments away from performing their final song of the night 'Hot Potato' on Friday when Page suddenly collapsed at the Castle Hill RSL in front of 800 fans. Many more were watching the concert at home, on an online live stream.
It was later confirmed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, linked to what a paramedic later said was a "coronary occlusion, a blockage of a major blood vessel to the heart". Page was rushed to hospital where he underwent a medical procedure. One fan in attendance said the singer had been "super energetic" through the concert.
The concert stopped for a short time as Page collapsed, and was then covered from the audience's view with the stage curtain.
"Greg's not feeling real well. I think he's going to be OK," Red Wiggle Murray Cook told the audience.
A short time later, the group returned on stage and said Page "needed medical attention", before continuing to play the final song without him.
Ambulance crews performed CPR before Page was transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition. Paramedics said Grace, a nurse who was at the concert as a fan, had helped by administering a defibrillator.
"Had the team who were on stage not commenced CPR, had Grace not had the courage to use the defibrillator, then we may have been dealing with a different outcome," a paramedic later told media on Saturday.
"For Grace to come forward and offer her services to help and have the courage to use a defibrillator is an extraordinary story of survival and we should be very thankful."
Grace said she had been a Wiggles fan since she was a young child, and called the situation "surreal".
"A little switch you need to flick on in that situation. I trained, I had great training. I saw someone needed help," she said.
Field, the Blue Wiggle, tweeted at 2am AEDT he was "in shock".
The group later issued an update around 3am AEDT, confirming Page was "recovering in hospital" after a "procedure".
"As has been reported, our friend Greg Page suffered a cardiac arrest at the end of the bushfire relief performance and was taken to hospital," The Wiggles said on Facebook.
Field later praised first responders, including the band's own drummer, for their help.
"CPR by Kimmy Antonelli and Steve Pace (our drummer ) help save Greg’s life. Please get up to speed with CPR, I definitely will," he tweeted on Saturday.
The Wiggles are scheduled to perform another sold-out show on Saturday night. The group has confirmed the concert will go ahead, saying Page's "main concern" was that the show should go on, but it appears he will not perform.
"We’ve visited Greg this morning & he wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes," The Wiggles tweeted on Saturday.
"He’s so grateful for the messages of love & support from around the world. Greg’s main concern was that the show tonight should go on. Let’s do it for Greg whilst raising much needed funds."
In a follow-up tweet, the group said "the wonderful Emma Wiggle, Simon Wiggle and a few Wiggly friends and musicians will all be jumping in while Greg recovers, to make sure this is a great show." They signed off the tweet with a yellow heart.
Page retired from the group in 2006, after being diagnosed with orthostatic intolerance -- a medical condition causing fatigue and blackouts.
"I'll miss being a part of The Wiggles very much, but this is the right decision because it will allow me to focus on managing my health," he said at the time.
Page was replaced by Sam Moran, but then returned to the group briefly in 2012. By 2013, three of the original Wiggles -- Page, Jeff Fatt and Murray Cook -- had decided to retire from the group and were replaced by new singers, leaving Anthony Field as the only founding member.
The group's original lineup had reformed for the two special bushfire relief concerts.