Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul has taken to social media to share the latest updates on Michael Kelcourse after he suffered from an acute spinal cord infarction, which is also known as a spinal cord stroke, earlier this year. Patricia's longtime right-hand man, who fans affectionately know as Michael the Butler, has been recovering at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta and now Patricia is sharing what's next in his journey.
"Michael has made many good friends while at the amazing Shepherd Center.. tomorrow he will be transferred to an interim place with assisted living in order to continue with his rehabilitation. Everyone loves Michael the Butler. [Contact Shepherd Center and Caringbridgeofficial] where you can still send him messages," she wrote on Thursday (April 22).
Weeks before that, Patricia opened up a bit more about Michael's life as he recovers. "He is working hard at his rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center and is actually teaching other patients how to cook. He suffered a spinal stroke which is actually quite rare but has a positive outlook and is learning how to live with paralysis," she tweeted in late March.
In late February, Patricia's son Whitney Sudler-Smith confirmed the news of Michael's health in a statement to The Daily Dish. "I am sorry to inform you that Michael Kelcourse, affectionately known as 'Michael The Butler', recently suffered an acute spinal cord infarction which is often called a 'spinal cord stroke.' Although this tragedy has caused significant nerve damage and impairment, with the help of the outstanding physicians at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, we are hopeful Michael will soon recover," Whitney confirmed at the time. "Thank you for respecting Michael’s privacy during this challenging time.”
Following the confirmation, Patricia later offered an update on Michael's cat, who she has been caring for as he recovers. "I’ve been taking care of Michael’s kitty until he is able to do so. She has settled right in being in the main house and pays no attention to the dogs," she shared on Instagram. She also tweeted in late March, "Thank you for asking...of course I miss him as do the dogs and his cat. We’re not allowed to visit him at the Shepherd Center because of Covid but we’re in touch all the time and I talk to his doctors frequently. Because he’s so smart and self motivated he is progressing rapidly."
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