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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 Donor/sAmountAndrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation$70mPaul Ramsay Foundation$30mSeven Group Holdings and Australian Capital Equity$10mNews Corp and Murdoch Family$9mCrown and The Packer Family$5mNAB$5mLeonardo DiCaprio via Earth Alliance$4.3mMurdoch family$4mColes$4mAFL$2.5mBHP$2mWesfarmers$1.7m+Tabcorp$1.5m+Westpac$1.5m+Woolworths$1.5mMicky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation$1.5mAustralian NBA stars$1m+Commonwealth Bank$1m+South32$1m+Boeing$1m+Chevron$1m+Petbarn Foundation$1m+ANZ$1mBlueScope$1mJeff Bezos/Amazon$1mShell Australia$1mJBS$1mRio Tinto$1mQantas$1mOrica$1mPratt Foundation$1mRio Tinto$1mJohn and Pauline Gandel$1mElton John$1mChris Hemsworth$1mFortescue$1mKylie Jenner$1mHains family via Portland House Foundation$1mThe Perich Group $1mMacquarie$1mLa Trobe Financial$1mLion$1mAuction for Shane Warne’s baggy green cap (purchased by the Commonwealth Bank)$1mHolden$1mJames Gorman $1mMetallica$750kLewis Hamilton$725kJP Morgan$725kBP$635k+ASX$520k+PwC$500k+Scentre Group$500k+Suncorp$500k+Stockland$500k+McDonald’s$500k+Mirvac$500k+Woodside$500kJustin Hemmes$500kKylie and Dannii Minogue$500kNicole Kidman and Keith Urban$500kLendlease$500kPink$500kBette Midler$500kBrambles$500kNick 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.
The AFL has become the latest sporting organisation to announce plans to support bushfire relief, including $2.5 million in donations and a one-off State of Origin match at Docklands next month.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan made the announcement of the Origin clash between a Victorian and an Allies side, adding the league, clubs and players were joining together to provide a $1 million donation to the Australian Red Cross relief fund.
The State of Origin match will be played as a double-header with the Collingwood-Melbourne AFLW match — previously scheduled for February 29 — which will be moved from Victoria Park to Docklands.
The Victorian side will be guided by Richmond premiership coach Damien Hardwick, while the All-Stars will be coached by the Sydney Swans’ John Longmire.
All AFL clubs will be asked to make at least three players available for the match.
The last time State of Origin football was played involving AFL players was in 1999, when Victoria played South Australia at the MCG.
Nine years later, a one-off game — the AFL Hall of Fame tribute match — was played at the MCG, when a Victorian line-up beat the Dream Team (a composite side from other states and territories) to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football.
The AFL would also set up a $1.5 million community relief fund to help rebuild football clubs damaged in fires, as well as helping football communities dealing with the aftermath of fires.
AFL’s bushfires response
- $1 million donation to Australian Red Cross Relief Fund
- $1.5 million AFL fund to rebuild, repair football clubs in fire-affected areas
- One-off State of Origin match, Victoria v Allies on February 28 at Docklands
- Match to be played as double-header with Collingwood v Melbourne AFLW as bushfire fundraisers
- AFLW clubs to support bushfire donation collection points at matches in the 2020 season
- $2.5m donation split between the AFL ($1.35m), clubs ($900,000) and players ($250,000)
“Our clubs, players and officials have been unanimous in providing a response that could not only raise money but also recognise the local communities impacted,” McLachlan said.
“And most importantly pay tribute to those thousands of volunteers and emergency services personnel who have worked tirelessly to protect us as a community.
“We know that those [fire-affected] communities are suffering now but they are also going to need our support as they start to rebuild.
“Sport builds bonds within communities and we want people to know they have the support of the entire football industry and that we will be there to help them rebuild facilities and programs and ensure people continue to come together.”
Australian sport kicks in for bushfire relief
The AFL announcement joins a string of pledges from players, codes and sports to provide contributions to bushfire relief.
The NRL has announced round one of the 2020 season will be a “bushfire relief round” to raise funds for fire-hit communities.
Australia’s Boxing Day Test team shirts were auctioned off to raise funds, bowlers donated $1,000 per wicket during the Sydney Test against New Zealand, and two one-day internationals against the Black Caps in March will be used for fundraising.
In tennis, Nick Kyrgios pledged $200 for every ace he served in the Australian summer of tennis which was the catalyst for a Tennis Australia program, Aces 4 Bushfire Relief, involving local and international players.
Tennis Australia will also host a concert featuring a number of performers including Jessica Mauboy, and a Rally for Relief exhibition event headlined by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both ahead of the Australian Open.
Various Big Bash League cricketers have pledged money for each six hit in the competition, while Australian great Shane Warne is auctioning his baggy green cap —as of Thursday morning, the highest bid is $520,500.
A group of Australian NBA basketballers with the NBA Players Association have banded together to donate US $750,000 ($1.09 million), while NBL superstar and projected NBA number one draft pick Lamelo Ball has pledged one month’s worth of his salary with the Illawarra Hawks.
Major bushfire donors Donor/sAmountAndrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation$70mPaul Ramsay Foundation$30mCrown/The Packers$5mNAB$5mColes$4mLeonardo DiCaprio via Earth Alliance $3.4mAFL$2.5mBHP$2mWestpac$1.5mWoolworths$1.5mAustralian NBA stars$1m+Commonwealth Bank$1mANZ$1mRio Tinto$1mOrica$1mPratt Foundation$1mJohn and Pauline Gandel$1mElton John$1mChris Hemsworth$1mKylie Jenner$1mHains family via Portland House Foundation$1mThe Perich Group $1mAuction for Shane Warne’s baggy green cap (purchased by the Commonwealth Bank)$1mMetallica$750kLewis Hamilton$730k approxKylie and Dannii Minogue$500kJustin Hemmes$500kNicole Kidman and Keith Urban$500kPink$500kBette Midler$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 Krygios’ commitment to donate $200 for every ace he hits.