Ashton Kutcher Says He Could Not Walk, Talk, or Hear Due to Rare Disease

Ashton Kutcher recently disclosed his vasculitis diagnosis — a condition that prevented him from walking, talking, or hearing. He was diagnosed with vasculitis two years ago.


When he made an appearance on “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge,” he opened up about the diagnosis. Kutcher said:

“Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis that, like, knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out, like, all my equilibrium.”

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone,” the actor added. “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.'”

Kutcher continued speaking about the rare diagnosis:

“[It] can cause the walls of the blood vessels to thicken, which reduces the width of the passageway through the vessel. If blood flow is restricted, it can result in organ and tissue damage.”

Kutcher tweeted this earlier today:

“Before there are a bunch of rumors/ chatter/ whatever out there. Yes, I had a rare vasculitis episode 3yrs ago. (Autoimmune flair up) I had some impairments hear, vision, balance issues right after. I fully recovered. All good. Moving on. See you at the 2022 NY Marathon w/Thorn”


He continued, telling Bear Grylls:

“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.”

Kutcher has had other health issues previously. In 2019, he said:

“I was studying [Steve Jobs’s] eating habits and his behaviors and was told that he drank a lot of carrot juice. So I started drinking carrot juice non-stop, like, all day long.”

This resulted in his being twice diagnosed with pancreatitis. He noted that he began feeling pain a few weeks before they began a new production:

“Two weeks before we went to start shooting, all of a sudden I had this pain in my back. And through the night it got worse and worse and worse. I ended up in the hospital on the maximum dose of Dilaudid because my pancreas was, like, crazy out of whack.”

When Kutcher’s wife, Mila Kunis, was asked about the diagnosis, she said:

“He’s downplaying it … He was so dumb. He also, I think, only ate grapes at one point.”

Kutcher is currently starring in a movie called “Vengeance.”



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