Bert Newton suffered 'complications' after having leg amputated

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Patti Newton has revealed her husband Bert, 82, suffered 'complications' after having his leg amputated earlier this year due to an infection.

Bert has been in Melbourne's Epworth Hospital since May following the procedure which occurred after a toe infection. 

Patti Newton has revealed her husband Bert suffered some 'complications' after having his leg amputated in May due to an infection. Photo: Instagram/Patti Newton
Patti Newton has revealed her husband Bert suffered some 'complications' after having his leg amputated in May due to an infection. Photo: Instagram/Patti Newton

On Sunday, Patti took to Instagram to share the update for fans of the TV legend, writing, "After a couple of complications, Bert is doing well with a little rehab and lots of laughs and love. Thanks to all the wonderful people looking after him."

While she didn't share further on the complications, in the photo, Bert is seen in a hospital bed looking at Patti who is sporting a moon boot on her right leg.

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Many followers commented on the snap questioning what happened to her foot, to which she responded she had broken her ankle, but she was almost fully recovered.

"Please send Bert our collective love!" Melissa Hoyer commented.

"What is that boot doing on your foot ?? Love to you both and look after yourself darling Patti," Home and Away's Georgie Parker wrote.

Patti shared a photo of Bert in hospital looking at her from his bed. Photo: Instagram/Patti Newton
Patti shared a photo of Bert in hospital looking at her from his bed. Photo: Instagram/Patti Newton

"Huge love to you both," Rhonda Burchmore added.

"So great to hear Patti," Danielle Spencer said.

Many other followers wished Bert and Patti a speedy recovery.

In May, entertainment reporter Peter Ford broke the news Bert had undergone the life-saving operation.

He told radio show The Morning Rush with Sean and Kate that the issue began before Christmas last year and the toe infection 'kept on spreading'.

"It got worse... he was seeing doctors and specialists and they couldn’t seem to get it right, it kept on spreading," Ford said.

"Basically he was told last week, you have a couple of months to live, or if you have your leg amputated, you’ll probably have a few years. So, he agreed to have the leg amputated on Saturday," he added.

Bert shared a photo of himself and his grandchildren joking his 'running career has taken a hit' but he was recovering well. Photo: Instagram/Bert Newton
Bert shared a photo of himself and his grandchildren joking his 'running career has taken a hit' but he was recovering well. Photo: Instagram/Bert Newton

According to the reporter, it was a "life or death decision that was presented" to the quadruple Gold Logie winner.

The Newton family, however, were adamant that they didn't consider the recent events as a 'sad story,' said Ford.

"They said, 'We had a choice. Other people don’t have a choice. Bert wants to keep on living, because he adores Patti, his children and his grandkids, and he wants to have as much time as he can with them'."

Bert has two children, actor Matthew Newton and TV personality Lauren Newton who has six children of her own.

Last month, Bert shared an update as he posed with his grandchildren, writing, "My running career has taken a hit, but recovering well! Thanks for all the well wishes!"

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