Yellow Wiggle Greg Page is discharged from hospital… after he collapsed on stage suffering a heart attack
- Page has been released from hospital after having a heart attack last Friday
- The Wiggles shared a photo of Page posing under the hospital’s exit sign
- The children’s band thanked all their fans for support while Page was recovering
- Page went into cardiac arrest during a bushfire charity concert in Sydney
Yellow Wiggle Greg Page has been released from hospital after having a heart attack on stage during a bushfire charity concert.
The children’s group shared the news on Instagram, alongside a picture of the 48-year-old posing underneath the hospital’s ‘exit’ sign.
‘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,’ a statement read underneath the post.
Page went into cardiac arrest during a concert in Sydney performed to raise money for bushfire relief on Friday before an off-duty nurse saved his life.
‘Your thoughts and prayers have meant the world to him’: Yellow Wiggle Greg Page (pictured) was discharged from hospital on Wednesday… after he collapsed on stage suffering a heart attack
Greg suffered cardiac arrest due to orthostatic intolerance or ‘upright intolerance’, meaning that whenever he stands up for a prolonged period of time, he risks his life.
People with orthostatic intolerance have a nervous system that struggles to pump enough blood around the body, which prompted Page’s cardiac arrest.
The children’s entertainer had allegedly complained of feeling unwell to his band-mates after performing on stage for around an hour.
Following his collapse, Page was taken to Westmead Hospital where he had surgery to have a stent inserted into his heart.
Page (circled) went into cardiac arrest during a concert in Sydney performed to raise money for bushfire relief on Friday before an off-duty nurse saved his life
Grace Jones, 23, the off-duty nurse who bravely swooped in from the audience, perfomed CPR using the defibrillator along side Steve Pace, the Wiggles drummer and Kimmy Antonelli, a band staff member.
The group have been praised for saving Page’s life after keeping his heart beating for roughly 20 minutes using the defibrillator three times, until paramedics arrived.
Brian Parcell, a paramedic who worked on Page in the ambulance, said it was ‘an extraordinary story of survival’.
‘We found Greg was unconscious at that point but he had cardiac output, his heart was actually beating,’ Mr Parcell said.
Emma Watkins, the current Yellow Wiggle, stepped in for Page as the band carried on with its planned second show on Saturday at Castle Hill.
Following his hospitalisation, the group posted a picture of Page giving a thumbs up in bed with the caption: ‘Let’s raise the roof tonight and do it for Greg whilst raising funds for the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.’
In 2006, Page revealed he was suffering from orthostatic intolerance, which caused problems with the function of his heart when he was standing, he left The Wiggles due to this poor health but returned in 2012.
He was also wrongly told he had ‘seven years to live’ by a doctor.
‘To be feeling the way you feel – tired, lethargic, heavy-chested, light-headed and just vague, and to be missing your mouth when you go to eat things – that was a pretty raw moment,’ Greg said of his condition to The Sydney Morning Herald in 2008.
The Wiggles posted a picture of Page in hospital giving a thumbs up with the caption: ‘Let’s raise the roof tonight and do it for Greg whilst raising funds for the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.’