Bee Gees member Robin Gibb shocked his doctors over the weekend when he emerged from a weeklong coma. The 62-year-old disco icon lapsed into a coma after contracting pneumonia during his battle with cancer.
According to BBC News, a family spokesperson said Gibb, 62, was able to nod and communicate with the members of his family who’ve held a vigil in his London hospital room. Gibb has been battling colon and liver cancer and in February he said he’d made a “spectacular” recovery from the disease, but was soon back in the hospital for surgery.
The “Saturday Night Fever” singer had bowel surgery 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, at which time doctors discovered a tumor and diagnosed him with colon cancer. It appeared as if the cancer was in remission as recently as last month.
Weakened from chemotherapy and two operations, Gibb lapsed into the coma last week after contracting pneumonia. Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said on Friday that he had warned the singer’s family that Robin might not wake up. In a statement, Thillainayagam said Gibb remains in intensive care and is, “exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished.” He’s breathing with the help of an oxygen mask and needs intravenous feeding and antibiotics.
He added, “It is testament to Robin’s extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now.” Wife Dwina, and sons Robin-John and Spencer and daughter Melissa have been at Gibb’s side talking to him and playing his favorite music.