May 9, 2012 at 7:26 PM ET
Bee Gees star Robin Gibb, who awoke from a coma last month, has a "50-50" chance of recovering from the colon cancer that may have spread to his liver, a friend of the singer told British newspaper The Telegraph.
Jim Dooley, former lead singer of British family band The Dooleys and a Gibb friend, told the paper, "It's 50/50 whether he comes through this but (wife) Dwina is a wonderful woman and she is giving him all the love and TLC you can give."
Dooley told the paper that Gibb, 62, is unable to speak due to a tracheotomy and is communicating by blinking.
"Dwina has said that because he spent so long in a coma there are a lot of things he will have to learn to do again if he comes through it. He will have to re-learn how to walk," Dooley said. "The plan is to get his strength up so he can resume chemotherapy treatment for his cancer."
Pope Benedict XVI reportedly is sending a special blessing for Gibb, Dooley said.
Dooley and Gibb have been working together for four years to raise money for the Bomber Command Memorial in London, a permanent memorial to honor the 55,000 Royal Air Force bomber crew members who died in World War II.
Gibb entered a London hospital in April after contracting pneumonia and was in a coma for nine days. His doctor credited the singer's "iron will and deep reserves of physical strength" with helping him wake from the coma but warned that his prognosis was still uncertain.
Gibb founded the Bee Gees with his twin brother, Maurice, and older brother, Barry, in the late 1950s and went on to sell an estimated 200 million records.
The group's 1970s hit songs include "Night Fever," "Tragedy" and "How Deep Is Your Love."
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