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‘Lucky to be alive’: Ashton Kutcher was blind, deaf after rare autoimmune disorder

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‘Lucky to be alive’: Ashton Kutcher was blind, deaf after rare autoimmune disorder

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The actor reveals his battle with vasculitis, a rare disorder that also impaired his ability to walk for more than a year

MANILA, Philippines – Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher admitted that he was “lucky to be alive” following his struggle with a rare autoimmune disorder that rendered him almost blind, deaf, and unable to walk for more than a year.

‘Lucky to be alive’: Ashton Kutcher was blind, deaf after rare autoimmune disorder

“Two years ago, I had this weird, super-rare form of vasculitis that knocked out my vision, and knocked out my hearing, and knocked out all my equilibrium. It took me, like, a year to build it all back up,” said the 44-year-old star in an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge.

Kutcher took to Twitter to clarify that he was diagnosed with the “autoimmune flare-up” three years ago.

“I had some impairments hear, vision, balance issues right after. I fully recovered. All good. Moving on,” he wrote.

According to the National Health Service UK, vasculitis happens when a person’s immune system attacks their own blood vessels, causing inflammation that may restrict or cut off the flow of blood. This could be triggered by an adverse reaction to a certain medicine, an infection, or other unknown causes.

The severity of its symptoms vary depending on which parts of the body were affected, as noted by the NHS. In milder cases, it could manifest through fatigue, aches, muscle pains, fever, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Although Kutcher did not disclose what his specific diagnosis was, it is clear from his symptoms that his case was on the extreme side.

The actor confessed that suffering from such illness, which almost put him at death’s door, granted him a new perspective on life.

“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 ever gonna be able to hear you, I don’t know if I’m ever gonna be able to walk again,’” Kutcher said.

Kutcher rose to fame for his roles in That 70’s Show (1998-2006), A Lot Like Love (2005), What Happens in Vegas (2008), and No Strings Attached (2011). In 2014, he tied the knot with his That 70’s Show co-star Mila Kunis. The couple recently raised funds to provide humanitarian aid towards Ukrainian refugees. – with reports from Bea Bertuldo/Rappler.com

Bea Bertuldo is a Rappler intern.

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