MICHAEL the Butler shocked fans of Southern Charm when he took a break from filming the show.
It still remains unclear when Michael will be back on the show.
What happened to Michael the Butler on Southern Charm?
Michael Kelcourse, aka Michael the Butler on Southern Charm suffered an acute spinal cord infarction back in February 2021, according to Patricia Altschul’s son, Whitney Sudler-Smith.
An acute spinal cord infarction is also known as a spinal cord stroke.
Whitney spoke to The Daily Dish regarding Michael’s condition, saying: “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.”
Where is Michael the Butler now?
Since it was revealed that Michael was under the care of physicians, Patricia has been giving her fans an update on his condition.
In March, Patricia tweeted: “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.”
Patricia also offered fans a way to send Michael messages while he is in rehab through the Caring Bridge app.
On June 28, 2021, Patricia posted a photo of Whitney and Michael in a wheelchair at the rehab facility, writing: “@wsudlersmith had a great visit with #michaelthebutler in Atlanta today.
“He's got 'an indomitable spirit' and is working hard with his physical therapy.”
According to Michael’s page on CaringBridge, he was discharged from the hospital and moved to a transitional home in April.
Is Michael the Butler a real butler?
Michael has been working with the Altschul family for nearly two decades and has appeared on Southern Charm since season one.
Patricia explained in her book, The Art of Southern Charm how Michael began working for her family after his previous employer passed.
She wrote: "I met with Michael immediately and persuaded him to come work for me, even as he was finishing his responsibilities in the Bostwick household.
Adding that hiring him was "best thing I could have done."
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