After more than a week unconscious, former Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has emerged from a coma thanks to his "iron will," his doctors said Sunday.
The 62-year-old musician faces an uncertain future, with more treatment for advanced bowel cancer, pneumonia and liver failure ahead. But for one day at least, his medical team was cheered.
Only three days ago, I warned Robin's wife, Dwina, son, Robin John, and brother, Barry, that I feared the worst," Dr Andrew Thillainayagam, of Imperial College Healthcare, said in a statement released by Gibb's spokesman.
"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."
His family has been at his bedside every day, talking and playing him his favorite music, Thillainayagam added.
Gibb founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry in the late 1950s and went on to sell an estimated 200 million records.