The Wiggles star Greg Page has been discharged from hospital days after suffering a heart attack and going into cardiac arrest during a bushfire relief concert on Friday night.
- A defibrillator was used on Greg Page in front of hundreds of people
- The yellow Wiggle has asked for privacy so he can “focus on his recovery”
- Page first retired from the Wiggles in 2006 due to orthostatic intolerance, which causes fatigue and blackouts
Page was seen falling to the ground as he walked off stage at the Sydney reunion concert, where he was performing with original Wiggles bandmates Murray Cook, Anthony Field and Jeff Fatt for bushfire aid.
Before walking off stage, Page farewelled the audience: “Thanks for coming to support all those wonderful people doing all that great work for everyone.”
Nurse Grace Jones helped perform CPR on Page before using a defibrillator in front of a crowd of hundreds, along with thousands more watching via live stream.
Chief Inspector at NSW Ambulance Brian Parsell said the quick response “saved Greg’s life”.
He explained Page suffered a coronary occlusion, a blockage of one of the major blood vessels to the heart.
The Wiggles said on Facebook following Page’s release: “Thank you all for your questions and concerns about Greg.
“We are happy to let you know that he has been discharged from hospital today and will now begin a journey of rest and recovery at home.
“Your thoughts and prayers for Greg have meant the world to him and his family, but moving forward, they ask for some privacy so Greg can focus on his recovery.”
The group said they would not be sharing any further information about Page’s condition, “out of respect for Greg and his wishes”.
Earlier this week, bandmember Cook described the moment Page collapsed on stage and gave an update about his condition, saying he was “doing really well”.
Cook said he first thought his bandmate was exhausted and laying on the ground to catch his breath after he fell.
“He started looking like he was having a fit, so some of our crew came over,” Cook said.
At that point, Cook said he thought it was important for the crew to look after Page, “and it was more important for me to reassure the audience to say what was happening”.
“So, we went back on and did one more song,” he said.
“We closed the curtain on him so they couldn’t see because part of his legs were sticking out.”
But it soon became clear Page was in far worse a condition than Cook had assumed.
Following the news, fans flooded The Wiggles’ social media pages with messages of support.
The 18+ show last Friday was the first of two planned with the original Wiggles line-up, with another scheduled for the following night that went ahead with Page’s blessing.
Page formed The Wiggles with Field, Cook and Fatt in 1991.
But he returned to his role as the Yellow Wiggle in early 2012.
Page, Cook, and Fatt retired together later that year, paving the way for the current iteration of Wiggles — Field, Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie and Simon Pryce.
Major bushfire donors
|Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation||$70m|
|Paul Ramsay Foundation||$30m|
|Seven Group Holdings and Australian Capital Equity||$10m|
|News Corp and Murdoch Family||$9m|
|Crown and The Packer Family||$5m|
|Leonardo DiCaprio via Earth Alliance||$4.3m|
|Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation||$1.5m|
|Australian NBA stars||$1m+|
|John and Pauline Gandel||$1m|
|Hains family via Portland House Foundation||$1m|
|The Perich Group||$1m|
|La Trobe Financial||$1m|
|Auction for Shane Warne’s baggy green cap (purchased by the Commonwealth Bank)||$1m|
|Kylie and Dannii Minogue||$500k|
|Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban||$500k|
|Nick Cave and Warren Ellis||$500k|
*Table does not include fundraisers, such as Celeste Barber’s efforts to raise tens of millions, or pledges conditional on future events, such as Nick Kyrgios’ commitment to donate $200 for every ace he hits.