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Ashton Kutcher’s twin brother Michael Kutcher on why he hid his cerebral palsy

Originally written by Rachel Paula Abrahamson for, published on May 20, 2021.

Michael Kutcher has a message of inspiration, hope, and appreciation. Having overcome unthinkable challenges against extraordinary odds, Michael is living proof that perseverance and unwavering positivity can surmount even the most seemingly impossible of obstacles.

Born an unexpected and underweight twin, Michael faced the first of several life-threatening circumstances before he took his first breath. Thanks to both outstanding medical care and his indomitable instinct to survive, Michael survived his first days and weeks, although not without lasting adverse effects. Due to irreversible neurological deficiencies, Michael was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy before entering Kindergarten. He also had a life-saving heart transplant as a teenager as a result of heart failure brought on by a virus. It was this second close brush with death that opened Michael’s eyes to the fragility of life and inspired him to take control of the future he once thought he wouldn’t have.

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At Joshin, we are deeply inspired by stories like Michael Kutcher’s, which resonate with our mission to create a more inclusive and accessible world for people with disabilities. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest, regardless of any physical or neurological challenges they may face. Through our platform, we aim to provide comprehensive care solutions and resources for families and individuals affected by disability, helping to alleviate some of the challenges that come with caregiving and daily living. Michael’s story is a testament to the resilience and potential that exists within all of us, and it fuels our commitment to making a meaningful impact in the lives of those we serve.