Ashton Kutcher Says He Was Lucky to Survive a Rare Form of the Disease Vasculitis
The actor, who had been paralyzed by a rare autoimmune disease that also affected his hearing and vision before he recovered, said he now considers himself “lucky to be alive.”
It was revealed that Kutcher was suffering from vasculitis in a National Geographic documentary titled “Running the Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge.” Access Hollywood released a preview clip of his revelation ahead of Monday’s episode.
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He told Grylls that two years ago, he was diagnosed with a rare form of vasculitis that “like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium.”
“That’s the amount of time it took Kutcher to get back in shape,” he said.
“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone,” Kutcher said, “Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.'”
“Lucky to be alive,” he added.
In a follow-up tweet, Kutcher explained that he had a “rare vasculitis episode” three years ago, which resulted in impairments in his hearing, vision, and balance. However, he insisted that he had overcome his medical condition.
“I fully recovered. All good. Moving on. See you at the 2022 NY Marathon w/Thorn,” he wrote.
Mayo Clinic describes vasculitis as “inflammation of blood vessels,” which can cause the walls of the cells to thicken and reduce the passageway through the vessel.
The Mayo Clinic’s website says, “If blood flow is cut off, it can hurt organs and tissues.”
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Vasculitis can affect one or more organs, and the Mayo Clinic notes that the condition can be short or long-term. Fever, exhaustion, weight loss, and general pain and aches are just some of the side effects of the disease. Other symptoms include dizziness, ringing in the ears, and sudden hearing loss.
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