Patti Newton says her husband Australian television legend Bert Newton has a “big journey” ahead of him after he went through leg amputated surgery in his latest health battle.
Bert Newton underwent the emergency operation on Saturday after he developed an infection in his toe, entertainment reporter Peter Ford told 2GB radio host Ben Fordham.
Speaking to 9News, Mrs Newton said they were both in good spirits, but they would take his recovery one day at a time.
“You know Bert, onward and upward,” she said.
“He’s got a big journey ahead of him, we all do.
“We have to take it one day at a time – that’s a good name for a song.”
Ford described the situation as a “life or death decision” and said Newton’s family are determined not to present the situation as a “sad story”.
“The way they see it, Bert had a choice. He wants to stick around, he loves his wife, his kids, his grandkids he just adores, so he wants to be around for as long as possible to enjoy that,” Ford said.
“But life’s going to be quite different from now on.”
The 82-year-old entertainment icon, who is diabetic, has suffered numerous health issues after undergoing a quadruple heart bypass surgery in 2012.
Newton has also suffered through several bouts of pneumonia over the last few years.