Defibrillators Save Lives:
Yellow Wiggle Speaks About His Cardiac Arrest
A few weeks ago we reported on Yellow Wiggle, Greg Page, who suffered a cardiac arrest after performing at a bushfire relief concert at Sydney’s Castle Hill RSL Club.
Thanks to quick-thinking bystanders who were trained in CPR and a public access HeartSine defibrillator which was kept at the RSL, Page survived the incident and he recently released a statement about the experience.
Almost a month on, Page is back fighting fit and explained what is believed to have caused his cardiac arrest. He stated that a small amount of plaque in one of his arteries broke free—this was due to the turbulent blood flow caused by the amount of physical exertion during the performance. The unstable plaque was recognised as a foreign object by his body, which resulted in blood clotting in his arteries as a type of natural defence mechanism.
Because of the blocked artery, Page’s heart stopped and he stopped breathing. His heart ended up in a non-productive rhythm known as Ventricular Fibrillation. This is a type of rhythm that Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can detect—they can also shock the heart back into a natural rhythm once detected. Page was shocked three times with the defibrillator on the night of his cardiac arrest.
“It was only due to the CPR that was commenced so quickly, the fact that the Castle Hill RSL Club had an AED on site and readily available, and that there were people around that knew how to use the machine that I’m able to tell you this story myself,” said Page in his recent statement.
Page is beyond grateful for all those who assisted on the night to help keep him alive—he plans to take part in CPR training for himself to ensure he’s prepared to help others just as he was helped last month.
This incident further highlights just how essential it is to be trained in CPR and how important it is to have a defibrillator readily available. Here at FAAE, we encourage all individuals to refresh their first aid and CPR skills—this could be the difference between life and death one day.
We also strongly encourage you to consider purchasing an AED. You don’t need to be trained to use a defibrillator—modern defibs are designed to be easy to use and they will provide the rescuer with step-by-step instructions.
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