Bee Gee star Robin Gibb has advanced colorectal cancer, which has dangerously weakened the 63-year-old singer. Nonetheless, doctors say they are confounded by his recovery from the week-long coma.
Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam, who is overseeing Gibb's treatment, said that only three days back, he had told Gibb’s family that he might never wake up from his state of coma, but not only did Gibb come to consciousness, he was also speaking to his family.
While Gibb is still breathing through an oxygen mask and in need of tube feeding, the doctors are amazed with the speed he is recovering.
"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," Thillainayagam said in a statement, according to a report on USA Today. He said that Gibb had responded “extremely well” to the treatments by his team of surgeons.
Thillainayagam said that after Gibb’s recovery from coma, the doctors were focusing on ensuring the swallowing mechanism of their patient, allowing him to eat and drink on his own. Once the doctors are successful in this goal, Gibb would be moved from the intensive care to the ward room in order to restore his physical and nutritional deficiencies.
"The road ahead for Robin remains uncertain but it is a privilege to look after such an extraordinary human being," Thillainayagam said impressed with Gibb's determination not to give up. He said that his wife, Dwina, and children, Robin-John, Spencer and Melissa, were there with him 24 hours and playing him his favorite music to keep his spirits high.
The British born singer was diagnosed with a bowel ailment and underwent a surgery 18 months back. While he recovered from the treatment, a tumor was discovered first on the colon and later a cancer of the liver. Gibb cancelled several public appearances.
Bee Gees with Gibb along with his brothers, Barry and Maurice, raised to fame with a string of musical hits spanning nearly six decades. His best songs include "Staying Alive", "How deep is Your Love", "Massachusetts" and "Night Fever".