Patti Newton has shared the first photo of her husband Bert since he was forced to have his leg amputated in a life-saving operation. 

The Aussie TV legend’s wife took to Instagram to provide an update on Newton’s condition since his surgery earlier this month.

“I wanted to show you Bert’s doing ok, still flirting with the nurses and having a laugh. Spending time with his darling Lola. And taking a day at a time. A long journey but he’s blessed with so much love,” Patti wrote.

The photo shows 82-year-old Newton sitting in a wheelchair in Epworth Hospital with his granddaughter Lola beside him.

Newton was forced to undergo the amputation as a result of an advanced toe infection. The procedure came after he had already spent six weeks in hospital being treated for the infection.

As reported by Perth Now, doctors told Newton that he may not survive if he didn’t agree to have his leg surgically removed.

News of the amputation was first announced live on The Morning Rush by entertainment reporter Peter Ford. 

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“The long and the short of it is that he was given the ultimatum: you only have a couple of months to live, but if you have this operation and we amputate your leg, you could have many years ahead,” Ford said. 

“A new chapter of his life begins now, hopefully pain-free, but obviously mobility will be an issue … he’s in reasonably good spirits.”

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