Fan saves Yellow Wiggle’s life during bushfire relief concert
A nurse, who also happens to be a long time Wiggles fan since she was a child, has been titled a hero for “saving the life” of founding member Greg Page after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a bushfire relief concert in Sydney.
Page, the original Yellow Wiggle, required CPR and a defibrillator after he suffered from a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest after the show on Friday night.
Hundreds of fans witnessed the 48-year-old fall to the ground as he walked off the stage on Friday night.
Nurse Grace Jones performed CPR on Page with the help of Drummer Steve Pace and Wiggles staff member Kimmy Antoinelli.
Ms Jones then used a defibrillator supplied by Castle Hill RSL, where the concert was held.
Page was then taken to Westmead Hospital where he underwent surgery, with Wiggles manager Paul Field saying he’s expected to remain in hospital for some time.
“He was in such a serious way last night, Field told Channel Seven.
“He needed CPR, we had two of our cast and crew working on him. They used a defibrillator on this three times. He was in a bad way,” he said.
We’ve visited Greg this morning & he wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes. 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 pic.twitter.com/8CBT7P8roA
— The Wiggles (@TheWiggles) 18 January 2020
“The ambulance took him here (to Westmead Hospital). I was so relieved that the blood was back in his face, he was talking, he was quite groggy. It was overwhelming relief."
Mr Field said Page had stopped breathing and had to be revived multiple times.
“I took charge. I didn’t mean to, but I did,” Ms Jones told the ABC.
“I think I was the only one there who had any first aid training, so I just started to do what I do at work,” she said.
NSW Ambulance chief inspector Brian Parsell said the swift response “saved Greg’s life”.
“When I was on stage and Greg was stabilised I asked who the person who used the defib was and Grace anxiously stepped forward,” he said.
Page left the children’s band in 2006 due to health complications but made a comeback in 2012.
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