Second Wiggles Bushfire Relief Concert Goes on Without Page

January 19, 2020Australiashare
Second Wiggles Bushfire Relief Concert Goes on Without Page
Greg Page of The Wiggles performs on stage during The Wiggles Celebration Tour at Sydney Entertainment Centre on Dec. 23, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Wiggles performed a second bushfire relief concert with original yellow Wiggle Greg Page on their minds after he suffered a cardiac arrest on stage.

The original Yellow Wiggle wasn’t far from the minds of his bandmates and fans as the group took to the stage without him after he suffered a cardiac arrest during a fundraising concert.

Greg Page was on Sunday in a serious but stable condition in Westmead Hospital after he collapsed to the ground as he was walking off the stage during a bushfire relief concert on Friday night.

The 48-year-old had to be revived and has undergone surgery to have a stent inserted into his heart.

The original Wiggles line-up of Page and Anthony Field, Murray Cook and Jeff Fatt were performing the first of two fundraisers for the bushfire relief effort.

The band carried on with its planned second show at Castle Hill RSL on Saturday night, saying Page’s main concern was that the show go on.

“Let’s raise the roof tonight and do it for Greg whilst raising funds for the Australian Red Cross and WIRES,” the group said in a Facebook post on Saturday.

Emma Watkins, the current yellow Wiggle, took his place during the second concert.
Watkins, also known as Emma Wiggle, said Page was in their thoughts during the performance.

“Greg, we missed you! It took all of us to cover you. Anto, Murray and Jeff, you rocked it! Thank you to everyone who came and supported the guys and helped raise funds for the bushfire affected areas,” she wrote on Instagram on Sunday.

Wiggles drummer Steve Pace, band staff member Kimmy Antonelli and off-duty nurse Grace Jones—who was in the audience—were credited with saving Page’s life. They performed CPR and used a defibrillator on him before ambulance officers arrived.

“I didn’t go to a Wiggle concert expecting to do that,” Jones said.

“It’s a bit surreal. I do things like that everyday at work, I didn’t expect to do that without equipment and everything like that.”

Page complained of feeling unwell after appearing on stage for an hour before collapsing. It was later revealed he suffered a heart blockage.

Paramedic Brian Parcell, who worked on Page as he was taken to hospital, said he would not be alive if it weren’t for the efforts of those who performed CPR.

“We found Greg was unconscious at that point but he had cardiac output, his heart was actually beating,” Parcell said.

“It’s only through the efforts of the bystanders before we arrived that he’s alive today.

“It’s actually an extraordinary story of survival. The message is that the more people who learn CPR and use defibrillators, the more lives we’re going to save.”

The Wiggles pose for a photograph
The Wiggles pose for a photograph before performing at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on March 10, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Matt King/Getty Images)

Page left the children’s band in 2006 due to poor health and returned for a second stint in 2012.

In 2006 he revealed he was suffering from orthostatic intolerance which caused problems with the function of his heart when standing.

By Dominica Sanda

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