Aussie TV icon Bert Newton has reportedly had to have his leg amputated, in what is being described as a life or death decision for him.
Details reported on The Morning Rush today say the 82-year-old suffered a toe infection just before Christmas.
It’s understood the infection rapidly deteriorated, forcing the television star to make the difficult decision to amputate his leg.
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Newton has been dealing with ill health for months, but his amputation has been described as an emergency operation.
“It got worse … he was seeing doctors and specialists and they couldn’t seem to get it right, it kept on spreading,” Peter Ford told Sean and Kate this morning.
“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 said.