Ashton Kutcher was ready to give his heart to twin brother who needed a transplant

Ashton Kutcher was ready to give his heart to twin brother who needed a transplant

Family clearly comes first for Ashton Kutcher. In fact, when the actor's twin brother Michael needed a heart transplant, he was ready to give him his own heart.

"It’s just… I can’t find the words,” Michael told Us Weekly in an interview, "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."

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Michael and Ashton have clearly been close since Michael had to get a heart transplant when he was just 13 years old. He also shared how Ashton was in need of some tough love in this time, even though his twin was the one going through the ordeal.

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Michael, who lives with cerebral palsy, opened up about how he asked Ashton to never pity him. "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.'

"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," he said. Michael is in the front and centre of his #BeTheGift campaign, which encourages people to come forward and register for organ donations to help people in need.  

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Ashton considers his brother as someone who has taught him a lot in life, especially about character and equality. "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," he had said while accepting the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at Drake University's An All-Star Evening in West Des Moines in April 2017.

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In the speech, Ashton further added, "Character hides and it comes out when you get smacked in the mouth," he said accepting the award presented to individuals who are considered role models. "It comes out when you're walking your brother home from school and some kid hits you in the back on the head because he wants to fight with your brother and you say 'no'... That's when character comes out." The anecdote makes it clear that the two always watched each other's backs.

Sound Ventures Founder Ashton Kutcher speaks onstage during Day 1 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 at Moscone Center on September 5, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Sound Ventures Founder Ashton Kutcher speaks onstage during Day 1 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 at Moscone Center on September 5, 2018 in San Francisco, California.

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In his recent interview, Michael said of the award speech, "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," said the 40-year-old. 

"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. 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," he said.

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