A bride-to-be was determined to keep her wedding date despite losing her arm to a crocodile just days before in a horrific attack.
Zanele Ndlovu and her fiancé Jamie Fox were canoeing down the Zambezi river in Zimbabwe when the crocodile launched at her and tore off her arm.
Jamie managed to save her but she was losing so much blood it was feared that she may die from the wound. A make-shift tourniquet was applied and she was rushed to hospital where surgeons managed to save her life but were unable to save most of her limb.
Despite her horrific injuries she was determined not to miss her wedding day and was allowed to use the hospital chapel to get married before her wounds had even healed.
A Minister presided over the ceremony at the Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo where the remarkable wedding took place on 6 May.
It is believed the couple had wanted to get married at Victoria Falls but the crocodile attack meant a drastic change of venue was needed. Siloam Springs event hall was chosen as a unique place for hosting the party.
In a video of the wedding, the beautiful bride can be seen in her white sleeveless wedding dress walking into church with her stump heavily bandaged and holding pink roses in her left hand.
As groom Jamie places the wedding ring on her left hand, her wrist is seen in heavy bandages too. 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.
‘The boats used in that activity are inflating and the crocodile attack their vessel and in the process deflated it before attacking her.’
A total of 21 people were killed in fatal attacks by crocodiles in Zimbabwe last year, more than any other animal.