Former Pop-Disco musician, Robin Gibb is out of his coma and is reportedly doing well.
Gibb’s wife, Dwina and son Robin-John, have told media that Robin awoke from a coma, wanting ice cream and all of his favorite foods. It was a tremendously uplifting time for Gibb’s family who had been told that there was only a 10% chance he would survive the pneumonia and awaken from a 12 day long coma.
Dwina Gibb told media that Robin had awoken during the playing of the composition he and son, Robin-John had written as a commemorative piece for the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Entitled, Titanic Requiem, it was a work of passion for Gibb who has held a life-long fasicnation for the fateful ship.
Unlike the Titanic , Gibb’s steel and bolts were his soul, spirit ane will to live that helped him battle and have brought him through incredible odds that threatened to take his life much like the fated ship that ended over 1,500 passenger’s and crew’s lives on April 15, 1912.
Dwina Gibb spoke about Gibb’s miraculous awakening, telling reporters,
“Words are inadequate to describe how happy and exhilarated I felt [when he woke]. ‘Hello, sweetheart’, I said and have him a big kiss and a hug. Robin hen looked over at our son and mouthed, ‘Hi RJ. My back hurts’.
“He’d been lying flat for 12 days so we called a nurse to move him into a more comfortable position. Then he pulled out his feeding tube and asked for a bowl of ice cream.”
“The doctors asked Robin if he wanted them to do everything in their power to save his life — or if he felt the time would come when enough was enough.
“He told them, ‘There will NEVER be a time when enough is enough. I want to live no matter what.”
“The day before the concert it suddenly struck me that, instead of singing the beautiful song Don’t Cry Alone that evening, Robin was in a coma and might die.
“We all had to accept that Robin couldn’t go to the premiere. But we all realised that the show had to go on without him. I stayed with him in the hospital until the very last minute, because I really didn’t want to leave him.
“The audience at the concert stood and cheered but I couldn’t help breaking down. Then I pulled myself together and told myself that Robin would survive. And I am forever grateful that RJ has been by my side throughout this ordeal.
“RJ had made sure the premiere was filmed — and we all passionately believed that one day Robin would watch it.”
Robin-John, Gibb’s son stated, “they gave him an under 10 per cent survival chance and he has beaten the odds … he really is something else.”
Reportedly, he came out of coma mid-way through a taped version of the Titanic Requiem being played for him by family.
“One of our favourite tracks, ‘Distress’, came on. It’s a rousing emotive mass sung in Latin and as we played it, his EEG machine, which measures electrical activity in the brain, went mad.
“For us, this was a sure sign that he was responding. So I lifted up one of his headphones and asked, ‘Robin, can you hear the music?’
“That’s when his eyelids flickers and he looked at me. I couldn’t believe it,” Dwina reported.
“The doctors were astounded. They kept shaking their heads in disbelief. They’d tried everything in their power to bring Robin back and when it didn’t work their prognosis was bleak.
“They didn’t think he was going to make it and warned us to prepare for the worst.”
Though still weak and needing rehab as well as to be re-nourished, Gibb has shown that he is not going to sink like the ill-fated ship.
Still having to deal with the colon and liver cancer, Gibb has still a fight on his hands but, he’s making us believe that he can fight this too. His will to live is tremedous and his spirit is one of a fighter.
We will keep him in our thoughts and our prayers.