US star Ashton Kutcher has revealed he has been secretly battling a serious autoimmune disease that affects his hearing, sight and ability to walk.
The That ’70s Show actor shared that he is “lucky to be alive” – and it took more than a year to rebuild his vision, hearing and balance.
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“Two years ago, I had this weird, super-rare form of vasculitis,” Kutcher, 44, said in an upcoming episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, released by Access Hollywood.
“Knocked out my vision, knocked out my hearing, knocked out like all my equilibrium.
“It took me a year to build it all back up.
“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone, until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be able to see again. I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to walk again.
“I’m lucky to be alive.
“The minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right?
“You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”
What is Vasculitis?
Kutcher shared his health journey with adventurer and presenter Bear Grylls as they hiked through brambles and trees.
Vasculitis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks veins, arteries and small capillaries.
Inflammation occurs as a result, which can have the effect of narrowing blood vessels and restricting blood flow.
This in turn can cause organ damage or prompt aneurysms.
If an aneurysm bursts, it can cause internal bleeding which can lead to death.
Vasculitis complications took the life of actor-director Harold Ramis in 2014.
According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy the disease is “relatively rare”.
Kutcher has kept a lower profile since taking a break in his career from 2014 to 2022.
He and his wife Mila Kunis, now 38, married in 2015 and welcomed two children, Wyatt, seven, and Dimitri, five.
Kutcher and Kunis met on That ’70s Show in 1998, starring as an on-screen couple Jackie and Michael.
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