Recovering Gibb confounds doctors
Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb. Picture: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert.

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has "beaten the odds" by waking from a coma only days after doctors told his family he "was in God's hands", the singer's son said on Monday.

Robin-John Gibb said his father, who fell into a coma after contracting pneumonia in his battle against colon and liver cancer, was "completely compos mentis now".

He told ITV News: "Two days before that they said they'd thrown the kitchen sink at him, that it was time to make plans because he was in God's hands and such, but he beats the odds again and they gave him an under-10 per cent survival chance and he has beaten the odds ... he really is something else."

Doctors said they were "confounded" by the 62-year-old Gibb's progress.

His family have been at his bedside while he has been treated at a central London hospital. Gibb's relatives have been singing to him while in hospital, with wife Dwina saying that he had cried when she played him the song Crying by Roy Orbison.

Gibb had surgery on his bowel 18 months ago for an unrelated condition but a tumour was discovered and he was diagnosed with cancer of the colon and subsequently of the liver.

Gibb's twin brother and bandmate Maurice died from the same bowel condition that initially led doctors to operate on Robin.

Dwina said: "He is fantastic at the moment. He is laughing, he is joking, he is really happy. He just wants to get out."

His doctors have said "the road ahead for Robin remains uncertain" but said it had been "a privilege to look after such an extraordinary human being".

The Bee Gees have sold millions of records and have written hits for stars such as Diana Ross and Destiny's Child in a career stretching back decades, but they are best remembered for their contribution to the soundtrack of 1977 film Saturday Night Fever which turned disco music into a worldwide phenomenon.

The West Australian

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