ASHTON KUTCHER’S BROTHERLY LOVE
When doctors told Diane and Larry Kutcher that their son, Michael, had just 48 hours to live unless he received a heart transplant, his 13-year-old twin brother, Ashton, wished “that he could give his own heart,” Michael tells Us. Thankfully, an organ donor saved his life just in time. Almost three decades later, with that same heart beating in his chest, the public speaker and philanthropist hopes to inspire more people to register as organ donors through his #BeTheGift campaign.
A LOT OF HEART The best part of getting the gift of a “second chance,” says Michael, has been raising his own son, who’s 14. “When you don’t know what your life expectancy is going to be,” he says, “you start to make goals. You want to accomplish as much as you can. One of the biggest things for me was to share my legacy and have children.” And with brother Ashton also raising a family (daughter Wyatt, 4, and son Dimitri, 2, with wife Mila Kunis), Michael says the twins remain close. “My brother and his wife are amazing parents,” he reveals. “We live miles away and have very busy lives, but we stay connected. There’s times where we just pick up the phone and know that the other one needs to talk.”
In school, “Ashton was there to support me, to maybe take on fights for me and to just protect me,” says Michael, who has cerebral palsy. “If it weren’t for my donor, my son wouldn’t be alive,”says Michael.