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Maurice Gibb Dies at 53

Gibb, A Member Of The Bee Gees, Is Remembered As Outgoing, Inspiring


Updated July 08, 2014

Maurice Gibb

Maurice Gibb, playing bass guitar at a performance of The Bee Gees in 1975.

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Maurice Gibb, best known for being one-third of the pop band the Bee Gees died Sunday, January 12, 2003. His family, wife Yvonne, son Adam, and daughter Samantha were at his bedside when he passed away. Gibb was reportedly working on new music with brother Barry (also of the Bee Gees) and Michael Jackson before his unexpected death.

An Untimely Death

The 53-year old Gibb was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center in January of 2003 after experiencing intense abdominal pain. Doctors discovered the pain was due to a twisted section in his small intestine. Before the operation Gibb reportedly went into cardiac arrest, which weakened his condition. After surgery to remove the damaged section of intestine, Gibb was listed in critical but stable condition. He passed away at 1AM on Sunday, January 13, 2003 morning.

One Of The World Famous Gibb Brothers

The Bee Gees, made up of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin, gained fame in the 1970s. Maurice played keyboard, guitar, bass, and percussion in the Bee Gees, and sang the high notes in their three-part harmony. The multi-faceted musician also wrote many of the groups hit songs. After being the butt of jokes as disco fever died out in the 1980s, the Bee Gees are now regarded as musical pioneers, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Barry Gibb is the only remaining member of the Bee Gees and the four brothers Gibb. Robin Gibb passed away on May 20, 2012 and Andy, who had a thriving solo singing career, died in 1988. Some of the Bee Gees biggest hits include "How Deep Is Your Love?," "Stayin' Alive," and "You Should Be Dancing."

Bowel Kinks And Obstructions

Scar tissue, tumors, hernias, swallowing a foreign object, polyps, inflammatory bowel disease, and twisting of the bowel can cause an intestinal obstruction. In most cases, there is no way to prevent the occurrence of a blockage. A totally obstructed bowel is a cause for emergency surgery, as the affected sections of the intestine may die and cause a serious infection or other complications.

Patients who are suspected to have an intestinal obstruction are often hospitalized immediately for treatment. The obstruction may be diagnosed through x-rays, a computed tomography scan (CT scan) or an ultrasound. A barium enema may help to locate the position of the obstruction within the bowel.

Once the obstruction is diagnosed and located, a treatment method is determined. Treatment could include a barium enema to dissolve the blockage, or the insertion of a rectal tube which will help straighten out any kinks in the bowel. In some cases surgery will be necessary to relieve the obstruction.

During surgery, the obstruction is removed along with any damaged sections of the bowel. If the cause of the obstruction is discovered to be a hernia, polyp, tumor or scar tissue it will also be repaired or removed at this time. Next, the two healthy ends of the bowel are reconnected to restore normal bowel function. With prompt and effective treatment, most patients recover without complications.

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