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Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has astounded doctors by waking from a 12-day coma and could be released from the hospital in just one week.
The ailing 62-year-old told doctors that he "wants to live no matter what" after his family had prepared for the worst last month. Gibb's coma was a result of pneumonia, which followed a procedure related to the intestinal issues that have plagued him in recent months. The singer has also been battling liver as well as colon cancer.
Robin-John, Gibb's son, spoke to ITV News last week about how proud he was after his father's shocking recovery.
"The [doctors] gave him an under 10 percent survival chance and he has beaten the odds … He really is something else," said Gibb.
Gibb's wife, Dwina, told Hello! magazine that the "How Deep is Your Love" singer is learning to eat and walk again following the muscle atrophy that occurred during the coma.
"He can't wait to go out into the garden with our dogs, Ollie and Missie. But it's going to be a long time before he's strong enough to do that," said Dwina.
Mauruce Gibb, Robin's brother and fellow Bee Gees member, died in 2003 from a twisted colon. The condition was caused by a congenital birth defect that Robin also shares. While the intestinal issue is not directly related to his previous colon cancer, Gibb's health is still in danger.
However precarious his health is, Gibb's doctor released a statement that his patient is fully conscious and able to speak since waking from the coma.
"It is a testament to Robin's extraordinary courage, iron will and deep reserves of physical strength that he has now overcome quite incredible odds to get where he is now," said Dr. Thillainayagam, according to the Associated Press.
Dr. Thillainayagam added that the "Stayin' Alive" singer is still in intensive care and being treated for colorectal cancer.