Bee Gee Robin Gibb 'has 50/50 chance of recovering' after coming out of coma
THE Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has a '50/50' chance of recovering from cancer, but cannot move and has to communicate by blinking his eyes after spending 12 days in a coma, his wife Dwina has said.
Mr Gibb, 62, fell into a coma last month after contracting pneumonia as he battles colon cancer which doctors fear may have spread to his liver.
He is now out of the coma and his pneumonia has cleared, but he remains in intensive care at a central London hospital.
Jim Dooley, the former lead singer of The Dooleys and a close friend of Mr Gibb, said: "He can't speak at the moment because he has a tracheotomy, and he has to communicate by blinking his eyes.
"Dwina has said that because he spent so long in a coma there are a lot of things he will have to learn to do again if he comes through it. He will have to re-learn how to walk.
"It's 50/50 whether he comes through this but Dwina is a wonderful woman and she is giving him all the love and TLC you can give.
"He is receiving prayers and blessings from every religion all over the world and I'm told there is a special blessing on the way from the Pope.
"The plan is to get his strength up so he can resume chemotherapy treatment for his cancer."
Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition, but doctors discovered a tumour and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon.
His cancer was thought to be in remission in March, but he became gravely ill again, prompting fears of a secondary tumour.
Gibb's twin brother and bandmate Maurice died in 2003 from the same bowel condition that initially caused doctors to operate on Robin and his younger brother Andy, who had a solo singing career, died in 1988 from heart failure at the age of 30.