Patricia Altschul’s butler and companion, Micheal has been hospitalized after having a “spinal cord stroke.” He is currently being treated here in Atlanta at what is locally referred to as “Shepherd Spinal.” It is a highly acclaimed private hospital and rehabilitation center that specializes in spinal cord injuries. So he is getting the best treatment available.
Whitney Sudler-Smith has given the following statement to Bravo:
“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. Thank you for respecting Michael’s privacy during this challenging time.”
Spinal cord infarction is a stroke either within the spinal cord or the arteries that supply it. It is caused by arteriosclerosis or a thickening or closing of the major arteries to the spinal cord. These relatively rare strokes generally result in paralysis with is often permanent. Rehabilitation can take years. Death is also something that can happen in the aftermath of such a stroke.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael, Patricia and Whitney during this trying time.