GetUp! director Simon Sheikh fainted during a live broadcast on tonight’s episode of Q & A.
Sheikh slumped to the desk around 15 minutes into the broadcast, while the panel didn’t realise what was taking place.
ALP minister Greg Combet came to his aid as ABC crew scrambled to assist.
He quickly regained consciousness, saying ”sorry, I just fainted”, before being escorted from the panel.
Throughout the show host Tony Jones provided updates that Sheikh was taken to hospital and was doing well.
UPDATE: “We have a number of important campaigns we are working hard on at GetUp! right now and perhaps like a lot of us, I have been burning the candle at both ends,” Sheikh said today.
Today a spokesperson for Sophie Mirabella said that the Coalition MP did not realise that Mr. Sheikh needed help. “She was in shock,” the spokesperson said. “She was unaware at the time that it was a medical emergency.”
Fairfax journalist Lenore Taylor was also on the panel and said it was not “immediately obvious” that Mr Sheikh was unwell.
Since realising Mr Sheikh was ill, Ms Mirabella has contacted the campaigner to wish him a speedy recovery.
Source: The Age