Let no croc­o­dile put asun­der

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

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

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