Yellow Wiggle To Learn CPR At Same Venue He Collapsed On-Stage
Yellow Wiggle Greg Page is leading by example by doing a CPR course at the very place he nearly lost his life to a heart attack.
Page's life was saved by quick-thinking friends and members of the public after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a bushfire relief concert in January. The reformed original Wiggles lineup and were at the last song in their set in front of 800 fans at Castle Hill RSL Club in Sydney's northwest, when the band's leader collapsed on-stage.
The band's drummer Steve Pace, an off-duty nurse and a doctor who were at the venue performed CPR and deployed a defibrillator. Their actions kept Page alive until he could make it to hospital.
Speaking to 2GB radio on Tuesday, Page told host Ray Hadley he was planning to learn CPR -- and would take a course at the same venue he nearly lost his life.
"St John Ambulance do a first aid course at Castle Hill RSL Club, so strike me down, I'll be going there at some stage in the very near future to do their CPR course," he said.
Page said it's a "no-brainer" that laws should compel businesses and venues to have defibrillators, and will be lobbying governments to enforce the safety reform.
“If you’ve got a fire extinguisher and you’ve got smoke alarms, you should have a defibrillator," he said.
“Sudden cardiac arrest will kill more people than fires, probably mostly because we have the preventative measures there to stop fires taking lives.”
In the days after Page's brush with death, medical experts used the incident as a reminder of the importance of learning first aid and CPR.
"It's fundamental. If you have a cardiac arrest, you die very quickly. Your chance of survival drops 10 per cent for every minute you don't start resuscitation," Queensland Ambulance Service's Tony Hucker said.
"You don't have long at all. Your brain and organs need a fresh flow of oxygenated blood."