A woman who had her arm bitten off in a crocodile attack that almost cost her her life got married in an emotional ceremony just days later.
British bridegroom Jamie Fox and his bride-to-be were canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls when the giant beast struck from below. Former national tennis player Zanele Ndlovu had her right arm torn off and her left hand bitten in the vicious attack.
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. “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 she was rushed to hospital where surgeons managed to save her life but she lost most of her arm. Incredibly despite her horrific injuries she was determined not to miss her wedding day and was allowed to use the hospital chapel to get married.
A Minister presided over the ceremony at the Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo where the remarkable service took place on Sunday. It is believed the couple had gone to the Victoria Falls to get married but the crocodile attack meant a drastic change of venue was needed. The bride can be seen in her white sleeveless wedding dress walking into church with her stump heavily bandaged, holding pink roses in her left hand.