A Zimbabwean woman who had her arm bitten off by a crocodile has wedded in an emotional ceremony just days after the attack that almost cost her her life.
British bridegroom Jamie Fox and his bride-to-be, former national tennis player Zanele Ndlovu, were canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls when the giant beast struck from below.
Zanele Ndlovu was attacked in the inflatable canoe and had her right arm torn off and her left hand bitten.
Her now husband, Jamie went to her rescue and managed to save her but she was losing so much blood it was feared she may die from the wound.
A family friend said:
“During the attack the crocodile gripped her arm and ripped it off while her partner made frantic efforts to save her. They are lucky to be alive though.
“The boats used in that activity are inflated and the crocodile attacked their vessel and in the process deflated it before attacking her.”
A make-shift tourniquet was applied and Zanele Ndlovu was rushed to hospital where surgeons managed to save her life but she lost most of her arm.
Despite her horrific injuries, she was determined to become Mrs Zanele Ndlovu-Fox and not miss her wedding day.
So the hospital allowed her to use the hospital chapel to get married.
Yesterday at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo where she has been recuperating, Zanele tied the knot to the love of her life Mr Jamie Fox, at a beautifully organised, heart-warming ceremony.
See photos below. The couple had gone to the Victoria Falls to get married but the crocodile attack meant a drastic change of venue.
When Zanele signed her wedding register, a huge round of applause broke out from family and friends.
A witness said:
“It is a quite remarkable love story and it really does show their love for each other. The crocodile attack made no difference.
“Their feelings and love for each other are even stronger than before if anything.”
Press play to watch a short video clip from the ceremony which shows the moment the groom kisses the bride.
Crocodiles were the biggest killers out of all in the wild animals and creatures in Zimbabwe last year with 21 people suffering fatal attacks in 2017