Retired Yellow Wiggle Greg Page 'eternally grateful' to those that saved his life, vows to learn CPR
Former Yellow Wiggle Greg Page says he is “eternally grateful” to those who came to his aid when he collapsed during a fundraising concert for bushfire victims last month.
And the event, which saw the 48-year-old require three shocks from a defibrillator to kickstart his heart, has even prompted him to learn CPR.
In a video shared on YouTube, Page said the cardiac arrest was not related to pre-existing health conditions that forced him to leave the Wiggles in 2006 and with no warning signs took him “totally by surprise”.
“With no pulse and no signs of breathing some quick thinking and fast acting individuals who noticed this commenced CPR,” he said.
Page’s heart had to be shocked back to a normal rhythm by a nurse and bystanders who by chance were at the show and knew how to use the defibrillator.
“I’m eternally grateful to the people who stepped up and used their training and skills to save my life,” he said, before thanking Dr. Therese Wales, Grace Jones, Steve Pace, Kim Antonelli, the Wiggles’ crew and other people who kept him alive.
The children’s entertainer said the scare had made him realise CPR is a “skill that everyone should know and I’ve resolved that I’m going to learn CPR too,” he said.
Page will follow in the footsteps of former bandmate Anthony Field - the Red Wiggle - who has also vowed to learn the potentially life-saving skill.
The original Yellow Wiggle was in hospital for five days having undergone surgery for a heart blockage which flared dramatically during a fundraising concert.
The Wiggles’ social media channels shared the news he had been discharged from Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, with a post on Twitter showing the 48-year-old was all smiles as he headed home to continue his recovery.
“Thank you all for your questions and concerns about Greg,” a post on Twitter read.
“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.”