Robin Gibb's Doctor Admits He Is 'Stunned' By Bee Gee's Recovery From Coma

Posted: 22/04/2012 23:22 Updated: 22/04/2012 23:23   WENN

Robin Gibb
Robin Gibb has stunned doctors with his recovery from a coma

Cancer-stricken Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has stunned his doctor with his "iron will" and "deep reserves of physical strength" after defying the odds to wake up from a 12-day coma.

The How Deep Is Your Love singer has been fighting for his life in a London hospital after developing pneumonia and falling unconscious, just weeks after announcing his colon and liver cancer had gone into remission.

On Friday, his wife Dwina revealed her husband had awoken from the coma and was making a miraculous recovery - and even his doctor can't believe it.

Dr. Andrew Thillainayagam admits he had warned Gibb's family on Thursday that he may never regain consciousness, but the singer is now awake and able to speak.

He says, "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."

However, Dr. Thillainayagam admits the 62 year old remains in a fragile state, revealing he is "exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished".

Gibb, who is still being treated in the intensive care unit, is breathing with the help of an oxygen mask and being fed intravenously.

This weekend, the veteran singer's son Robin-John told Britain's Sunday Express that his dad was aiming to overcome his ill health in time to attend the unveiling of his World War II memorial in London at the end of June.

Robin Gibb, and the Bee Gees

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  • The Bee Gees (L-R) Barry, Maurice, Robin Gibb at Heathrow Airport, London, before leaving for a 3 month World Tour. 1974

  • The Bee Gees, (l to r) Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb, accept the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1997

  • The Gibb brothers: Barry (centre) and twins Maurice (left) and Robin (right)

  • Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb reads to his son Spencer, circa 1974

  • Bee Gees Singer Robin Gibb with his wife Molly Hullis (r) and two children Spencer and Melissa in his home, circa 1974

  • The Bee Gees, back row, left to right: Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, and Vince Melouney. Front, left to right: Dennis Bryon and Maurice Gibb. 1967

  • Robin Gibb, founding member of the Bee Gees, unveils a plaque honouring the work of the Bee Gees at 67 Brook Street, central London. 2008

  • Robin Gibb performs at the BBC Electric Proms 2008 - Saturday Night Fever at the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London.

  • Official ambassador Robin Gibb CBE (centre) with his wife Dwina and son arriving for The Sunseeker International Charitable Trust Ball - in aid of The Outward Bound Trust - at Battersea Evolution in south London. 2009

  • Robin Gibb and his wife Dwina at No.11 Downing Street in London for the Diana Awards.

  • Members of the Bee Gees pose with Barry Manilow, far right, at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Ca., Friday, Jan. 13, 1979. The brothers Gibb, from left, Barry, Maurice, and Robin, won awards for favorite popular group and favorite soul album

  • The Bee Gees, from left, Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb, attend a party in 1978

  • Andy Gibb eats a cherry from his birthday cake at a party given by his family in his home in Miami Beach, Fla., Monday night, March 6, 1979. Andy's brothers, the Bee Gees, from left are, Robin, Barry and Maurice. (AP Photo)

  • British singer Robin Gibb arrives for the 46th Goldene Kamera (Golden Camera) media award gala in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011

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