Ashton Kutcher's Twin Brother Says Actor Wanted To Donate His Heart To Save Him
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Ashton Kutcher's twin brother has revealed that the actor wanted to donate his heart to save him when he needed a transplant.
Micheal, who lives with cerebral palsy, was on the brink of losing his life when he was 13 due to cardiomyopathy, and claimed his brother was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to save him.
Fortunately, he got the transplant he needed and now the 40-year-old has a 14-year-old son of his own.
Looking back on his own experience and his brother's unfaltering support, Michael said he couldn't 'find the words' to express his gratitude to Ashton.
Speaking to US Magazine, he said: "It's a connection that you can't explain.
"In all seriousness, we're just very connected. It's an honour or deep appreciation and a deep love for someone who would sacrifice that for you. I really can't put words to it."
Michael now works as a keynote speaker and is leading a campaign called #BeTheGift, which aims to encourage organ donation and help those in need of transplants.
Recounting a conversation with his twin, Michael explained why he does not want to be pitied.
"I said, 'Every time you look at me, every time you feel sorry for me, in a way, you make me less. You make me less. I am who I am, right?' I was put in these situations. Who I am is for a reason," he told US Magazine.
"I strongly feel that a major part of that reason is to be an advocate and be outspoken and use the platform that I have to advocate for disability, to advocate for organ donation, and I feel I've found my purpose in that."
The Two and a Half Men and Punk'd star referenced his brother and the love he has for him during an award acceptance speech in Iowa in 2017.
According to the Daily Mail, he said: "My brother was born with cerebral palsy and it 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 unequal to one another, in our capabilities and what we can do and how we think and what we see.
"But we all have the equal capacity to love one another, and my brother taught me that."