Let no crocodile put asunder
A BRIDE who had her arm bitten off by a crocodile on the way to her wedding got married just days after the attack.
British groom Jamie Fox and his Zimbabwean fiancée Zanele Ndlovu were canoeing down the Zambezi River towards Victoria Falls – where they were to marry – when the crocodile struck.
Fox came to her rescue and applied a makeshift tourniquet but his bride was losing so much blood it was feared she might die.
Ndlovu, 25, was taken to hospital where surgeons managed to save her life – but the former tennis player lost most of her right arm.
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 remarkable ceremony at the Mater
Dei Hospital in Bulawayo on Sunday.
The bride wore a white sleeveless wedding dress with her stump heavily bandaged and held pink roses in her left hand.
As Fox placed the wedding ring on her left hand, a canula could be seen attached to her wrist, which had also been bitten.
She signed the register as the minister looked on to huge applause 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.”
A family friend described the attack, saying: “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.”
Ndlovu is a former national tennis player. It is understood she is lefthanded and lost her right arm.
Many tourist companies run canoeing adventures on the Zambezi, which is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The river, nearly a kilometre wide in places, is heavily populated by crocodiles and hippos.
Crocodiles were the biggest killers of all Zimbabwe’s wild animals last year, with 21 people suffering fatal attacks.
Last month, wedding guest Colin Miller, 21, also lost an arm when he jumped into a crocodile pool at a venue in Victoria Falls. – Daily Mail