Australian entertainment personality Bert Newton has reportedly been forced to undergo a leg amputation as a result of a “life or death decision”. 

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford broke the news on The Morning Rush with Sean and Kate, revealing that he had been in contact with the 82-year-old’s family.

“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,” Ford explained.

“It was a life or death decision.”

He added, “It’s a big decision for anyone to make, but it’s also a practical thing, because they [Bert and Patti Newton] 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.”

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However, Ford reiterated that the Newtons don’t want sympathy.

“They said, ‘We had a choice. Other people don’t have a choice. Bert wants to keep on living, because he adores Patti, his children and his grandkids, and he wants to have as much time as he can with them.'”

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Patti Newton has since spoken to the media, saying he “chose life”.

The family remain in “good spirits”.