April 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM ET
Robin Gibb's incredible recovery continues apace. The Bee Gees member, who was hospitalized early in April and fell into a coma that lasted nine days, may leave the hospital this week, according to a report in the British press.
The 62-year-old Gibb is reportedly sitting up in bed and speaking to his loved ones, says the Sunday Mirror, which adds that he has "astounded doctors with his 'iron will' and 'remarkable physical endurance.'"
The Mirror quotes a friend as saying, "Robin is still weak but getting better by the day. His recovery is nothing short of a miracle. Weeks ago [wife] Dwina and the family were prepared for the worst, now they are hoping he will be home very soon."
Added the friend, “The doctors will not take the decision lightly. Dwina will make sure his every medical need is catered for. Robin is aware how close to death he was. But he is determined to go home.”
Gibb has been battling colon and liver cancer, and he entered the hospital after contracting pneumonia arising from complications from the disease; he slipped into the coma while in the hospital. He had been set to attend the premiere of his classical debut, "The Titanic Requiem," which marked the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking on April 12, but had to cancel due to illness.