Christopher Ashton Kutcher opened up about his struggle; he has been suffering from a severe form of autoimmune disease that has had a detrimental effect on his ability to hear, see, and walk for approximately a year.
It was revealed to “Access Hollywood” that Kutcher appears in an exclusive video clip that will be shown in an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, where he says, “Like two years ago, I had this weird, super-rare form of vasculitis.”
As Kutcher and Bear Grylls hiked through the brush and branches on their way to their destination, the actor revealed to the adventurer, “Knocked out my vision, knocked out my hearing, knocked out like all my equilibrium. It took me like a year to like build it all back up.”
According to the former model, despite his distress, he said, “You don’t really appreciate it until it is gone until you go, ‘I don’t know if I am ever gonna be able to see again. I don’t know if I am gonna be able to hear again; I don’t know if I am going to be able to walk again.[So] I am lucky to be alive.”
The actor-director Harold Ramis passed away from similar complications related to vasculitis in 2014. Besides directing the movies, “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Caddyshack,” Ramis had starred in films such as “Stripes” and “Ghostbusters” as well. Having been diagnosed with the disease four years prior, he passed away at the age of 69.