The Wiggles have confirmed their show to raise funds for the bushfire crisis will go ahead tonight, despite Yellow Wiggle Greg Page coming close to death last night.
Page was rushed to hospital after suffering cardiac arrest and falling to the ground as he left the stage at Castle Hill RSL.
The group’s manager Paul Field said he underwent surgery and was expected to be in hospital for some time.
“He was in such a serious way last night,” he said.
“He needed CPR, we had two of our cast and crew working on him. They used a defibrillator on him three times. He was in a bad way.
“The ambulance took him here (to Westmead Hospital). I was so relieved that the blood was back in his face, he was talking, he was quite groggy. It was overwhelming relief.”
Mr Field said the performer had stopped breathing and had to be revived several times.
“Steve the drummer and Kim who works in our office did CPR, they saved his life,” he said.
“I’ve got to tell you, if there’s a lesson from that – it’s great to have people learn CPR, it saved his life.”
On social media today, The Wiggles posted a picture of a smiling Page and said his main concern was that the show would go on.
“We have visited Greg this morning and he wanted to thank everyone for their well wishes,” the post reads.
“Greg and his family are so grateful for all the messages of love and support from fans around the world.
“Greg’s main concern was that the show tonight should go on.Let’s raise the roof tonight and do it for Greg whilst raising funds for the Australian Red Cross and WIRES.”
The original Wiggles line-up of Page and Anthony Field, Murray Cook and Jeff Fatt were performing the first of two planned fundraisers for the bushfire relief effort last night.
Footage from the concert shows Page singing and dancing moments before his collapse after the group performed their last song.
“Thank you everybody,” he can be heard saying, as he waved to the crowd.
“Thanks for coming to support all of those wonderful people doing all that great work for everyone.”
He collapses after walking to the side of the stage, with the rest of the group rushing to him immediately.
Murray Cook, the original red Wiggle, then returned to the stage to speak to the crowd.
“Guys I think we’re going to end it there. 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,” he said, looking shocked.
The group returned to the stage and performed an encore of “Hot Potato”.
Following the collapse, the group posted on Twitter Page had suffered a cardiac arrest.
“As has been reported, our friend Greg Page suffered a cardiac arrest at the end of the bushfire relief performance and was taken to hospital,” The Wiggles’ wrote.
“He has had a procedure and is now recovering in hospital. We appreciate your kind messages and concern.”
Blue Wiggle Anthony Field said he was “in shock”.
Page, 48, 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.