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Ashton Kutcher recalls wishing he could donate his heart to ill twin brother

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Ashton Kutcher would do anything for his family, especially his twin brother, Michael Kutcher.

Speaking bravely on The Checkup with Dr. David Agus, a new docu-series where celebrities share their personal health issues with the renowned medic, Kutcher recalled wanting to donate his heart to his ill twin.

During the episode, which also featured Michael, the brothers discussed Michael’s cerebral palsy diagnosis at a young age and how it affected his way of life.

One particular moment that stood out for the duo was when Michael was rushed to the emergency room with flu-like symptoms. 

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Ashton Kutcher and his twin brother Michael Kutcher on new CBS docuseries The Checkup with Dr. David Agus.
Ashton Kutcher and his twin brother Michael Kutcher on new docu-series The Checkup with Dr. David Agus. (Paramount+)

Doctors discovered he had an enlarged heart and desperately needed a heart transplant. When Ashton saw his brother flatline in hospital, he wanted to help in any way he could.

“So then my dad comes, picks me up, and it’s like, ‘We’re going to go see your brother’ and I’m like … ‘Everything is not OK,'” an emotional Ashton remembered. “And he flatlines in the room. And I know that noise because now I’ve been visiting occasionally and watching the thing go and it flatlines out … And they’re grabbing me and they take me out and I’m like, ‘What the hell is going [on]?'”

Ashton remembered wondering if he could be Michael’s donor.

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Michael Kutcher and Ashton Kutcher walk the red carpet before the 2013 Starkey Hearing Foundation's "So the World May Hear" Awards Gala on July 28, 2013 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Michael Kutcher and Ashton Kutcher in 2013. (Getty)

“I’m thinking to myself, ‘If anyone’s a match, I’m a match,'” the actor explained. “So now, you start running that cycle through your head.”

However, in what can only be seen as a “miracle”, Ashton said, his brother was matched with a new heart within 24 hours, which he said was “unheard of”. 

In the episode, Ashton also spoke about his recent “terrifying” and “life-threatening” experience in 2019 just before he was diagnosed with vasculitis, a rare form of autoimmune disease.

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“I woke up one day and was having vision issues, could hardly see,” he told Dr Agus. “Knocked out my hearing, which threw off my equilibrium, my balance and I couldn’t walk.”

Ashton says he feels “lucky to be alive” as he has struggled through the disease.

“There’s a standard you become accustomed to in your life, like being able to see clearly,” he said. “And then suddenly you can’t see, like you have this occlusion and you can’t see. And then, you’re like, ‘Why are you not f—ing talking louder, because I can’t hear you?’ You want to reclaim the health that you once had.”

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