Naka-confine pa rin si Richard Merk sa Medical City, pero nailipat na siya sa regular room mula sa ICU (intensive care unit)ng ospital–isang palatandaan na bumubuti na ang kalagayan niya.
Nagpasalamat naman ang kapatid ni Richard na si Rachel Anne Wolfe sa lahat ng mga nagdarasal para sa paggaling ng singer-actor.
Ayon kay Rachel, maraming karamdaman si Richard na siyang naging sanhi ng pag-deteriorate ng kalusugan nito.
Una na rito ang pagkakaroon ng singer-actor ng diabetes at "flesh eating bacteria" kaya muntik nang maputulan ito ng paa.
Naabutan din daw na mag-isa sa bahay at ni hindi makakain at makalakad si Richard.
"First I’d like to thank everyone who prayed over my brother. What a joyful feeling to read all your stories,” ang umpisa ng paglalahad ni Rachel tungkol sa kundisyon ni Richard.
"In this picture, Richard visited our mom to feel his mother’s love just 2 days before he was rushed to the hospital.
"He was found alone in his place by our brother Raffy and was immediately brought to Medical City. He couldn’t talk, he couldn’t walk and would not eat. His blood pressure was through the roof!
"The results of his CT scan showed that he has cerebral atrophy closely related to symptoms of aging, cardiovascular disease and distress. He almost suffered a stroke.
"He has other underlying illnesses. Diabetes being one of them. He also suffered from a flesh eating bacteria that affected his foot almost having it amputated. He is trying to maintain and stabilize it all."
Mayroon din umanong pinagdadaanang depression si Richard.
Patuloy na lahad ng former actress-beauty queen na si Rachel: "Richard is out of the ICU now but his battle continues. He’s emotional and mental condition will take time to heal.
"His mental health is a critical part of his overall wellness. Depression has become an epidemic. We all know that.
"My brother Richard is not in good spirits. I know and believe that with genuine love from his family and friends he will get through this. Depression is a major illness that shuts down the body’s spirit.
"What has kept Richard going in the hardest of times is SINGING. So Richard, my advice is to keep on singing! Sing praises to the Lord and keep sharing your God given talent.
"As you try to turn your life around, I believe that change is possible."
Trivia: Ang superstar na si Nora Aunor ang isa sa mga nakarelasyon ni Richard Merk noong late '80s, at saksi kami sa madalas na pagdalaw niya sa dating rented house ng superstar sa Sct. Limbaga, Quezon City.
Taong 2007 nang madiskubre ng Cabinet Files na nagpakasal sina Nora at Richard sa Las Vegas, Nevada noong July 7, 1988, pero tumanggi ang singer-actor na pag-usapan ang isyu nang tanungin siya ng entertainment press.
Base sa record ng Clark County, dalawang beses na nagpakasal si Nora sa Las Vegas—una kay Richard at pangalawa kay Norie Sayo na pinakasalan niya noong May 22, 2000.