Bee Gees star Robin Gibb’s miraculous recovery from a coma surprised even his doctors, and now he’s told them he wants to live no matter what. Gibb said there will “never be a time” when he is ready to die.
Attending physician Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam said Gibb is living on “extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength.”
The legendary singer emerged from a coma over the weekend, against all odds. He had been suffering from pneumonia and doctors were giving him little chance of surviving.
He woke over the weekend and was able to acknowledge his son Robin-John by uttering: “Hello RJ.” His wife Dwina Gibb said the singer was roused by the playing of his new composition “Titanic Requiem,” which he composed with his son.
“The doctors asked Robin if he wanted them to do everything in their power to save his life, or if he felt the time would come when enough was enough,” she told London tabloid The Sun. “He told them, ‘There will never be a time when enough is enough. I want to live no matter what.'”
Gibb has had multiple health problems. The 62-year-old singer was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer in 2010 but after extensive treatment he appeared to be in remission.
But doctors also discovered he was suffering from a twisted colon, the same affliction that killed his brother Maurice Gibb in 2003. Robin was “in terrible pain and very frightened,” Dwina told the newspaper. “I had to stay at the hospital with him 24/7.”
Doctors also discovered that Robbin needed an operation for a perforated bowel. Robin went forward with the surgery even though he had a 10 percent chance of success. He pulled through again. But that’s when he developed pneumonia.
His ability to speak and recognize people bodes well for his condition, although it’s unknown whether he has been able to fight off the lung infection, according to Celebrity Health & Fitness.
Gibb is “exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished,” Thillainayagam said. He is breathing with an oxygen mask and is receiving food and antibiotics intravenously.
Doctors now say Gibb is suffering from advanced colorectal cancer. But his fight for life has been truly inspiring. Wish him well and give him your prayers below.