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Family is the best medicine! Bert Newton's daughter Lauren shares a touching update on the showbiz icon following his leg amputation

Bert's on the mend.

By Faye Couros
With Melbourne currently in lockdown, Bert Newton's family have revealed they're grateful they were able to visit him in hospital before the new restrictions were put into place.
The showbiz icon is currently recovering from having his leg amputated below the knee back in May.
The 82-year-old made the decision to remove his leg after a toe infection failed to clear up and became life-threatening.
Before Melbourne went back into lockdown, Bert's grandchildren were able to visit him in hospital. (Image: Instagram)
Despite the ordeal, the 82-year-old appears to be in good and fighting spirits in a new update provided by his loving daughter, Lauren Newton.
On Friday, Lauren took to Instagram to share a sweet family photo of her father in the hospital surrounded by four of his beloved grandchildren.
In the snap, everyone has big grins on their faces, with Bert's smile the widest and most elated out of them all.
Unfortunately, this was the last time the kids and Lauren could visit Bert in the hospital because of Melbourne's lockdown.
The state has extended their lockdown for another seven days, and Melbourne locals are unsure how long these restrictions will last.
"So glad we got to have lots of visits before lockdown. The kids are missing Poppy 💙," Lauren penned alongside the sweet snap.
The news regarding the Gold Logie winner's harrowing ordeal broke via entertainment reporter Peter Ford last month, who had been in contact with Bert's wife Patti Newton, who confirmed his amputation.
Peter explained to radio show The Morning Rush with Sean and Kate the reason why the performer needed to undergo such an invasive surgery.
His fighting spirit is alive and well! Bert looking happy with his granddaughter beside him. Instagram
"It got worse… he was seeing doctors and specialists and they couldn't seem to get it right, it kept on spreading. 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," the entertainment reporter revealed at the time.
He then went on to describe it as a "life or death decision that was presented" to the star, and one that would impact the rest of his life with wife, Patti.
"It's a big decision for anyone to make, but it's also a practical thing, because they live in a two-storey place with the bedrooms and the bathrooms upstairs, so they're now having to convert the house downstairs because Patti doesn't want him to go into a nursing home," he said.
A few days later Patti shared an update about Bert's recovery and it was surprisingly cute.
Posting a photo of the 82-year-old with his look-alike grandson, Alby, Bert looked to be in good spirits while Patti even cracked a joke.

"Thank you everyone for your prayers and beautiful words," she captioned the pic. "Think Alby has stolen Bert's hair piece!!"
Speaking to 9News as she was visiting Bert in hospital last month, Patti revealed she has already started making alterations to her house to accommodate her husband once he returns home.
What's more, despite the big procedure, Patti assured the outlet that the presenter was in "good spirits."
"He's got a big journey ahead of him, as we all have, but you know Bert; onward and upward," Patti said.

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