Legendary ‘70s icon and Bee Gees co-founder Robin Gibb has awoken from a week-long coma, doctors close to the matter have revealed. The 62 year old disco phenom fell into a coma last week after contracting pneumonia due to complications from cancer.
BBC News states that according to a family spokesman, Gibb has been able to communicate with family members through a series of nods and simple gestures. 18 months ago the “Saturday Night Fever” singer underwent bowl surgery for a separate condition which led doctors to discover and diagnose him with colon cancer.
For the past several months, Gibb had been receiving treatment for both colon and liver cancer and as recently as this past February, he was thought to be in remission. The singer himself had said that he had been making a “spectacular” recovery from the illness.
It is believed that due to a series of chemotherapy sessions along with two surgeries had weakened his body which caused him to contract pneumonia which would eventually cause Gibb to fall into the coma. Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam had said last Friday that Gibb might not wake up. He added in a recent statement that Gibb is currently in intensive care as well as “exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished.”
On a more positive note, the doctor added, “It is a 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.”
The family held a vigil the night of his resurgence inside the London hospital room where Gibb is currently residing. Wife Dwina along with children Robin-John, Spencer and Melissa are said to have been staying by his side, playing his favorite music while he recovers.