Bert Newton health battle: Patti Newton shares new pictures and an update on husband Bert’s condition during his ‘long, hard journey’

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Patti Newton has shared intimate new pictures and offered an update to husband’s Bert’s recovery after the TV legend had one of his legs amputated following a life-threatening toe infection earlier this year.

In an exclusive for The Morning Show entertainment reporter Peter Ford said he had been in touch with Patti ahead of Bert’s 83rd birthday on Friday.

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Because of the current lockdown in Melbourne, Bert will be forced to celebrate his birthday without a visit from his family, however Patti told Ford, his recovery was progressing.

“Bert is still in hospital, it’s a very long, hard journey. Lots of ups and downs, but he has a great attitude and is still smiling, we are taking every day as a plus,” Patti told Ford.

Patti Newton has provided an update on Bert’s health ahead of his birthday. Credit: Seven

She said that before renewed COVID restrictions, Bert had been enjoying time with Patti and his grandchildren.

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But despite the six-month hospital stay so far, and the complications that have arisen since his surgery, Ford said Newton was staying strong.

“(He’s) attacking this with good humour, and with his faith, he’s a very devout Catholic, and of course with the support of his family”.

Even though Newton’s birthday is likely to be subdued, Ford said he was taking it in his stride and the family pointed out many others were in a similar situation across the country.

“It’s unlikely that Patti, or daughter Lauren, or the grandkids will be able to get in to see him because of the COVID restrictions,” Ford said.

“They would say to me ‘Please don’t make us out to be victims’ because there’s thousands of people right around Australia who are going through similar things at the moment where we can’t be face-to-face with the people that we love’.”

Bert Newton began his TV career alongside Graham Kennedy.
Bert Newton began his TV career alongside Graham Kennedy. Credit: AAP Image

Newton underwent surgery at Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital in May after doctors told him he would have only months to live without the operation.

He had already spent six weeks in hospital after a toe infection he contracted around Christmas became a serious medical issue.

A series of doctors and vascular surgeons had investigated the worsening infection and provided specialist advice, and so the TV star’s leg was amputated below the knee.

Over recent years, Newton has had a number of health scares, which included a quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2012 and a week in hospital with pneumonia in 2011.

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