The Wiggles were just about to wrap up the first of their bushfire relief fundraiser shows when Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page collapsed. Greg was apparently feeling ill throughout the whole show but wanted to push through. The children’s entertainment group were just about to play the very last song of the set before Anthony, the Blue Wiggle, asked the crowd to leave.
The crowd hadn’t caught onto the medical emergency and were cheering for an encore.
“Guys, I think we’re going to end it there, Red Wiggle Murray Cook then informed the cheering crowd. Greg’s not feeling real well. I think he’s going to be OK but he’s not feeling real well so I don’t think we can go on with another song.”
It was then when 23-year-old nurse Grace Jones approached the security guards and asked if any needs medical attention. By this time two crew members including the drummer had begun CPR.
Grace used a defibrillator on Greg three times before his heart started again, she continued CPR until paramedics arrived. The paramedics described the situation as “extraordinary survival story” and praised Grace as the hero of the story. Without her, he said Greg wouldn’t be alive today.
In a very candid video, Blue Wiggle Anthony was interviewed outside the hospital after visiting Greg.
Through teary eyes and pain in his voice, Anthony shared how scared he was when he saw Greg collapse.
“He was gone really… he had no pulse, there was no breathing. He’s really good, he’s talking and wants the show to go on. He’s doing a lot better than I am at the moment. He’s amazing, such a positive man.”
Watch the full clip below.
"He was gone really… he came offstage and collapsed…there was no pulse, there was no breathing."Blue Wiggle Anthony Field has spoken about the condition of his friend and colleague Greg Page. #9News
Posted by 9 News on Friday, 17 January 2020
Anthony, Murray (the Red Wiggle) and Jeff (the Purple Wiggle) went on to perform the second show on Saturday night while Greg was recovering.
The original Wiggles reunited to perform two sold-out concerts to raise funds for the ongoing bushfire crisis at Castle Hill RSL, in Sydney.