Robin Gibb has '50-50' chance of living, says friend

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

According to a friend, Bee Gees member Robin Gibb has a "50-50" chance of recovering from colon cancer.

Gibb, 62, was revived from a nine-day coma in April, and reports say that the colon cancer may have spread to his liver. He is unable to speak and can only communicate by blinking.

"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,” said Jim Dooley, Gibb’s friend and former member of the band, The Dooleys.

He added that Pope Benedict XVI sent a special blessing for Gibb.

"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."

Both Gibb and Dooley have spent four years raising money for the Bomber Command Memorial in London, which honors the Royal Air Force bomber crew members who died in World War II.

Gibb’s hospitalization kept him from attending the April premiere of the Titanic Requiem, which was performed at the Westminster Central Hall to great acclaim.

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