At such a young age also, Ashton knew that family mattered more than anything else in life.
Siblings share a very special bond. One moment we might be pulling each other's hair over who'd watch what on the TV and the next moment we might be defending each other from our mother's wrath. A strange relationship, isn't it? Unlike what we might think, celebrities share pretty much the same equation with their siblings as us. Take Ashton Kutcher for example.
He was ready to make the ultimate sacrifice for his twin brother, Michael Kutcher. The 42-year-old actor wanted to give his heart to his twin brother who needed a transplant at the tender age of 13 when he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a disease where the heart grows almost four times its normal size. His heart transplant as a kid is why he's alive today.
Michael, 42, who lives with cerebral palsy, suffered from a cardiac arrest caused by cardiomyopathy. He was given just 48 hours to survive. It is then that Ashton expressed his wishes to be the donor that Micael needed. Expressing his "deep appreciation" for Ashton, Michael told US Weekly, "It’s just … I can’t find the words."
"It’s a connection that you can’t explain. In all seriousness, we’re just very connected … It’s an honor or deep appreciation and a deep love for someone who would sacrifice that for you. I really can’t put words to it," he said talking about the No Strings Attached actor.
Speaking at the Ron Pearson Centre, Ashton emotionally had talked about the things his brother had taught him. As reported by Hello Magazine, he said, "My brother... taught me that loving people isn't a choice and that people aren't actually all created equal. The Constitution lies to us. We're not all created equal. We're all created incredibly inequal to one another, in our capabilities, and what we can do and how we think and what we see..."
Reflecting on Ashton's quote, Michael said, “I think his quote of [how] not everyone’s not created equally, I think that goes back to him feeling sorry for me at a point. He’s right. We aren’t created equally, whether it be a disability or a health issue or whether it be anything, ethnicity, sex. We’re just not created equally. If we were, what’s cool about that?"
“I don’t really like to use the word disability, I like to use the word giftability because we’re all created different. We all have disabilities. I think his quote is right on." Talking further, he said, "We’re not born equal, but that’s okay. It’s okay. You may think I got the wrong end of the stick, but having the transplant and the disability and everything, but in my eyes, I got the right end.”
The businessman and public speaker also revealed that he is the reason that Ashton stopped pitying him because he believes he was "put in [his] situation" to be the voice for disability and organ donation, reported The Mirror.
Michael, who works with #BeTheGift campaign now, encourages people to come forward and register as organ donors. "I am who I am, right? I was put in these situations," he said while talking to US Weekly.
He continued, "Who I am is for a reason. I strongly feel that a major part of that reason is to be an advocate and be outspoken and use the platform that I am to advocate for disability, to advocate for organ donation, and I feel I’ve found my purpose in that.”
A spokesperson for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Michael is in the best of his health and has a 15-year-old son of his own with a blended family in Colorado. Gushing about his family, he said, “I’m thankful for the ability to enjoy the holidays another year with my family... and to raise my son to be the amazing individual he is."
"I have recently built a new family here in Colorado and found an amazing woman with two younger children herself. It’s another chapter in my life. I’m thankful to have started writing that chapter," he concluded.