Robin Gibb suffering from advanced colorectal cancer, 'iron will' awakens him from coma

Bee Gees founding member Robin Gibb has awakened from his coma, and his doctor says he did so based solely on his force of will, an "iron will"
as he called it.

Robin Gibb is conscious and able to speak to his wife and family. He awoke from a coma that had been caused by a combination of illnesses that nearly cost him his life, his doctors said on Sunday. Gibb had been in a coma for more than a week. With that, Gibb's medical team said the singer's "iron will" was the reason he had managed to defy the odds and regain consciousness.

The 62-year-old singer fell into a coma last week after he contracted pneumonia. Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said that he warned Gibbs' family some three days ago that the Bee Gees singer might not wake up.

Gibb had been being treated for advanced colorectal cancer. Grueling doses of chemotherapy and two operations weakened his systems, and he had caught pneumonia as a result.

In a statement Thillainayagam said, "Only three days ago, I warned Robin's wife, Dwina, son, Robin John, and brother, Barry, that I feared the worst. We felt it was very likely that Robin would succumb to what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to any form of meaningful recovery. As a team, we were all concerned that we might be approaching the realms of futility.

"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."

Along with his older brother Barry, 65, and his twin brother Maurice, Robin Gibb founded the Bee Gees in the late 1950s. Although the group released their first record in 1963, it wasn't until the 1970s that the group saw its biggest successes. The brothers Gibb were propelled to worldwide fame by a series of disco smash hits, many movie-related, including "Stayin' Alive," "Jive Talkin'", and "Night Fever," and went on to sell an estimated 200 million records.

Robin's twin brother Maurice died of complications resulting from a twisted intestine in 2003 at the age of 53. It is said to be a hereditary intestinal condition.

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