After more than a week, Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb has woken up. The “Stayin Alive” hitmaker slipped into a coma 12 days ago after contracting pneumonia while undergoing chemotherapy for liver and colon cancer. Doug Wright, spokesman for Gibb, told BBC News that the 62-year-old is able to nod and communicate. He is also breathing with the help of an oxygen mask, which doctors are hoping to remove soon in order for him to eat and drink normally. Gibb’s family, including his wife and brother/band mate Barry, have been keeping vigil in his London hospital room for almost two weeks. It was initially expected that Gibb would not be able to recover, but he made vast improvements over the weekend.
Gibb formed the Bee Gees in the late 50s with his brothers, Barry and Maurice. They reached the height of their popularity during the disco era of the 70s with their bestselling soundtrack for the film, Saturday Night Fever, but disbanded in 2003 following Maurice’s death. Gibb has since been struggling with several health issues, including a bowel condition and cancer. At this time, he remains in the intensive care unit, as he’s “exhausted, extremely weak and malnourished,” says his doctor, Andrew Thillainayagam. Still, he says Gibb waking up is a remarkable feat. “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.” ~Kyle Sharp