Update on Frank Muller—April, 2003

Frank Muller is known to many as the voice on the first nine Left Behind audio books. On November 5, 2001 Frank was badly injured in a motorcycle accident near his home in California. He still faces a very long recovery. Frank's brother Leo provides periodic updates, which we excerpt and present here to keep the Left Behind community up-to-date and to remind you all of the need for continued prayers for Frank, his wife Erika, their children (Diana and Morgan), their families and friends.

Since Frank was unable to read the last three books in the series, Jack Sondericker read The Remnant, and Steve Sever was selected for Armageddon and next year's release of The Glorious Appearing.

If you wish to send Frank a note or help support him through the Wavedancer Foundation, please use the Recorded Books, Inc. web site (www.recordedbooks.com), which has additional information and links.

Last update from Leo Muller:

Dear Friends of Frank:

I apologize for the long delay in updating you about Frank's recovery process. This has been a busy and stressful last few months for Frank and Erica, and also for me.

Frank's progress has continued to be, in the words of the medical team at Casa Colina, "variable." This means he has some good days and some bad. Some days he has extended periods of focus and lucidity (up to two hours on occasion) and seems very present to others, especially Erica and the kids. Other days are less so, and he has difficulty with nearly everything.

Frank still needs help with many daily tasks of living, such as dressing, grooming, eating, etc. He needs constant cues for many tasks and body movements. However, just yesterday Erica called to say he had eaten his whole lunch by himself, with a spoon. These small steps are encouraging and indicate that progress, however slow, can be made.

It has become quite apparent that Frank will need long-term, full-time care, although we have not ruled out the possibility of recovery beyond that stage. This also does not mean he cannot live at home. In fact, Erica is currently exploring possibilities to bring him home with live-in care. She has found, with great consistency, that Frank is much more responsive and cooperative when he is with his family.

Frank loves to hold 9-month-old Morgan in his arms. He loves to play with 3-year-old Diana, who crawls up on his lap and tickles him. They sing songs together and cuddle. He also enjoys the dogs very much, when he is able to be outside with them. These family times seem to have a very positive effect on Frank, and certainly on the family as well.

The transition from Casa Colina to a home setting also faces some considerable challenges. Frank will need a home that can accommodate his currently disabled needs. The living quarters need enough space to allow for those times when Frank needs quiet time away. Erica also hopes the home could be in a location and setting that would allow her to make a new life for their family under these circumstances.

Hopefully the right situation can be secured, and the Mullers can become a family again very soon. I will provide another update, hopefully in a shorter interval, as soon as there is significant news to share.

All the best,

Leo Muller