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Ashton Kutcher with rare disease: ‘I’m lucky to be alive’

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American actor Ashton Kutcher made a notable appearance on the show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge”, where he accompanied survival expert Bear Grylls in defying nature.

As they walked through brambles and trees, actress husband Mila Kunis told Bear that he had battled a serious autoimmune disease for more than a year that affected his hearing, his eyesight and his ability to walk.

“Two years ago I had this weird and very rare form of vasculitis. It destroyed my vision, destroyed my hearing, destroyed all my balance. It took me about a year to rebuild everything,” Kutcher told adventurer and presenter Bear Grylls.

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone, until you say, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be able to see again. I don’t know if I’ll be able to hear again. I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk again”Kutcher said. “I’m lucky to be alive.”

What is vasculitis?

Vasculitis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the walls of veins, arteries and small blood vessels. The resulting inflammation narrows these blood vessels and restricts blood flow or even cuts off blood flow altogether, which can cause organ damage or create aneurysms (a bulge in the wall of a blood vessel). If an aneurysm bursts, it can cause internal bleeding that can lead to death, informs us the NIH (National Institutes of Health).

Depending on the specific type and severity of the disease and the target organs, the symptoms of vasculitis vary and can be mild, moderate, or life-threatening.

Family history and lifestyle factors such as smoking and illegal drug use may contribute to the risk of vasculitis. Certain medications for high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and infections can also contribute.