Releasing new photos for birthdays is a common royal tradition, and it’s one that extends to Aussie TV royalty too.
Bert Newton will mark his 83rd birthday tomorrow and to celebrate the event after a rough year for the star, wife Patti released a fun family photo taken before Victoria’s extended lockdown.
The image shows the birthday boy and his wife surrounded by their grandkids — daughter Lauren’s children Lola, nine, Monty, five, Perla, two, and Alby, 10 months — as he recovers from surgery in a Melbourne hospital.
However, the TV legend will be celebrating his day without his family by his side as he remains in hospital amid the lockdown.
Bert has spent almost six months in treatment as a result of a serious toe infection he had been battling since Christmas. He then suffered complications following a life-saving leg amputation surgery on May 8.
Patti shared an update with fans on social media recently, thanking everyone for their wishes.
“After a couple of complications, Bert is doing well with a little rehab and lots of laughs and love,” Patti wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Bert in hospital.
“Thanks to all the wonderful people looking after him.”
The seasoned television host was forced to make a “life or death” decision after his health deteriorated.
Entertainment reporter Peter Ford first broke the tragic news to 2GB radio host Ben Fordham on May 10, two days after the hospitalisation, revealing that Bert was told he only had months to live unless he amputated his affected leg below the knee.
While it’s been a long journey on the road to recovery, the Gold Logie winner has had his family rallying around him along the way.
Bert and Patti first met as child stars on radio before meeting again years later when working in TV, keeping in touch through their teens and 20s.
The couple got engaged in January 1974 and married in November the same year, sharing two children – Matthew, 44, and Lauren, 40 – as well as their six grandchildren.
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