Skip to comments.Doctor salutes Robin Gibb's 'incredible' recovery
Posted on 04/23/2012 4:15:55 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
LONDON (AFP) - The doctor of Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb on Sunday hailed his "quite incredible" recovery, a day after the star woke from a coma and responded to members of his family.
Gibb, 62, contracted pneumonia and fell into the coma last week. He is suffering from colon and liver cancer.
Doctor Andrew Thillainayagam, of Imperial College Healthcare, said he had warned Robin's wife, Dwina, son, Robin John and brother, Barry, three days ago to expect the worst.
"The prognosis was very grave, given that Robin had brain swelling from liver failure, a severe pneumonia and a weakened immune system from malnutrition," the doctor said in a statement.
"We felt it was very likely that Robin would succumb to what seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to any form of meaningful recovery," he added. "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."
Gibb is now fully conscious, lucid and able to speak to loved ones gathered by his hospital bed in west London.
However, Thillainayagam warned that the road ahead remained uncertain but said it was "a privilege to look after such an extraordinary human being".
The British star's wife Dwina said this week that the singer's brother, fellow Bee Gee Barry Gibb, had been singing to Robin to try to rouse him.
His three children had also been playing music to him, she said.
The Bee Gees -- twins Robin and the late Maurice Gibb and their elder brother Barry, 65 -- are among the biggest-selling groups of all time.
Robin Gibb had bowel surgery 18 months ago but a tumor was found and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and the liver.
they lost all rights to claim a rock and roll heritage with Saturday Night Fever.
Disco=Sucks ; )~
They moved on. Puhleeze — even the Stones did disco. Even Rod Stewart.
As we one of the lyricists of “Stayin’ Alive” guess he practices what he wrote.
Hope the best for the Gibb family.
Nice. Can't believe I missed that. Talk about "low-hanging fruit"!
yup...even the Grateful Dead.
they all followed the leader....the BeeGees and I will never forgive the Beegees for some of the worst from the Stones, the Dead, and Stewart.
ps Stewart has a great voice but he is just a pop singer...if he hadn't sung with rockers like Jeff Beck and the Small Faces he would be just another voice without a rock heritage.
Miss You is a pretty good tune. And they masterfully respun it into...forget that other hit which is basically the same thing...(I should probably check before posting this...)
“Do ya think I’m sexy?” was Stewart’s. What was the Dead’s?
Dunno. Have a hard time imagining it.
they went to glitter and disco with some girls and goats head soup...
some of their worst...with a couple of good songs thrown in...
‘shakedown street’...their ‘disco’ album.
once again, a few good tunes...plus the disco thing.
But it made them about $50m richer. For that kind of money, I'd sing falsetto to a synthesized beat too.
well yeah...I would do it naked in Macy's window for that kind of money...does not mean I have to like the BeeGees for that.
That thing was a death trap.
Pilot Jimmy Doolittle not only flew the R-1 to victory in the Thompson Race on September 5, 1932, but he also lapped his competitors in the process by averaging 252.67 miles per hour. As he noted about the plane, it flew "like a bullet