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Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Couple gets married 5 days after crocodile bites off bride's arm

Couple gets married 5 days after crocodile bites off bride's arm

Zanele Ndlovu-Fox lost her arm in a crocodile attack while holidaying with her fiancé in Zimbabwe.

"She was pulled one side out of the boat and I fell out on the other", he continued.

With the bride-to-be's arm in the crocodile's mouth, Mr Fox, from Orpington, Kent, used his fists in an attempt to loosen the animal's grip.

After Ndlovu gets the all-clear from doctors, she and Fox plan to move to the UK. "I didn't know that fate would have me Wednesday in a hospital chapel, with one limb missing", she said.

A crocodile leaped out of the river and bit Ndlovu and the canoe, sending the couple into the river.

In this photo taken, May, 5, 2018, Zenele Ndlovu walks down the aisle on her wedding day at a hospital Chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Mrs Ndlovu-Fox was airlifted to the Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, where doctors had to amputate what was left of her arm. But in spite of her injuries, the wedding went ahead, albeit at a different venue, with the bride still requiring medical treatment.

"She's been so fearless and to be able to get married just five days after this happened is unbelievable", Fox, 27, told British newspaper, the Daily Mirror.

The couple had their wedding planned for a sports club in Bulawayo, but adjusted at the last minute to a hospital chapel, with 60 of their closest family and friends, reported The Sun. "It all just happened so fast".

"I know people feel pity for me but being sorrowful does not help the situation", Ndlovu-Fox said, The Telegraph reported.

"I spent a lot of time preparing for my wedding day, running around for a venue, decor and so forth", she told the Zimbabwean newspaper, the Chronicle. "I didn't know fate would have me Wednesday in a hospital chapel, with one limb missing". But in all this, I'm not complaining.

The couple met two years ago when Fox first came to Zimbabwe for a six-month volunteer programme.

They married in a hospital chapel, with Mr Fox, 27, saying what had happened was a "miracle" and made him love his bride "even more".

Though they missed the larger celebration, Fox said it was "really nice" because they had the rest of the day to themselves to relax together, calling it "the best day of our lives".

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