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Twin Cities TV anchor takes first steps since losing his foot

The KSTP reporter has endured chronic pain for most of his life.
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Chris Egert says it won't be long till you see him back on Twin Cities airwaves, despite having his left foot amputated this week.

The KSTP journalist, who is currently serving as the news anchor at the station he joined in 2012, underwent surgery on Monday to amputate his left leg below the knee.

It was his 10th and final surgery to solve chronic pain in his ankle that he has suffered for most of his life, he told the Orlando Sentinel, which started as ankle sprains as a child and led to nine surgeries as an adult to help with "mobility and severe pain."

The last round of surgeries this past August led to an infection, with doctors agreeing the best remaining option was to amputate.

On Tuesday, the award-winning 43 year old shared a video of him taking his first steps – with the aid of a walking frame – since losing his foot. He's expected to be fitted with a prosthetic in the coming months.

"Hopefully you'll see me back on the anchor desk in 4-6 weeks," he said on his Facebook page.

"My family will gladly accept your thoughts and prayers - but only a few. I'm beyond blessed to be making this decision on my own, with the support of my family and friends, unlike so many others who have had to lose a limb."

He told the Pioneer Press he'd been inspired by the plight of fellow Twin Cities TV reporter Courtney Godfrey, of FOX 9, who lost her leg in a boating accident this summer.

Godfrey has been a positive presence on social media, sharing her recovery with followers and using her injury to highlight others going through similar experiences.

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