Tennis player has arm bitten off by crocodile – but gets married in hospital


A Zimbabwean woman who had her arm bitten off by a crocodile just days before her wedding, has gotten married in hospital. 

Zanele Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, was attacked while canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls with her British husband-to-be. 

Jamie Fox watched on in horror as 25-year-Ms Ndlovu had her right arm torn off and her left hand bitten by the crocodile.

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Against all odds: Zanele Ndlovu marries Briton Jamie Fox in a hospital chapel in Zimbabwe, just days after she had her right arm torn off by a crocodile

Against all odds: Zanele Ndlovu marries Briton Jamie Fox in a hospital chapel in Zimbabwe, just days after she had her right arm torn off by a crocodile

Against all odds: Zanele Ndlovu marries Briton Jamie Fox in a hospital chapel in Zimbabwe, just days after she had her right arm torn off by a crocodile

A family friend described how the former top tennis player lost her arm to a large crocodile.  

‘They were in an inflatable boats, and the crocodile attacked their vessel and in the process deflated it, before attacking her.

‘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.’  

Mr Fox came to her rescue and applied a make-shift tourniquet, but she had lost so much blood it was feared that she may die from the wound.

Crocodile attack: Ms Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, was attacked while canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls with her British husband-to-be

Crocodile attack: Ms Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, was attacked while canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls with her British husband-to-be

Crocodile attack: Ms Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, was attacked while canoeing in the Zambezi river above the Victoria Falls with her British husband-to-be

Incredible strength: Determined to still have her wedding day as planned, the couple wed in the hospital chapel with now Mrs Fox still bandaged up

Incredible strength: Determined to still have her wedding day as planned, the couple wed in the hospital chapel with now Mrs Fox still bandaged up

Incredible strength: Determined to still have her wedding day as planned, the couple wed in the hospital chapel with now Mrs Fox still bandaged up

Ms Ndlovu was rushed to Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where surgeons managed to save her life, but she lost most of her arm.

Despite her horrific injuries, Ms Ndlovu was determined not to miss her wedding day, and the couple ended up holding their ceremony in the hospital chapel. 

It is believed that the couple been visiting the scenic Victoria Falls to get married there yesterday.

Pictures from the ceremony shows the bride  in her white sleeveless wedding dress walking into church with her stump heavily bandaged and holding pink roses in her bandaged left hand.

The now Mrs Fox is seen signing the register with her injured left hand, as the Minister and her husband looks on to huge applause from family and friends.

Nothing can stop us: Video footage from the ceremony show the happy couple beaming as they marry at the hospital

Nothing can stop us: Video footage from the ceremony show the happy couple beaming as they marry at the hospital

Nothing can stop us: Video footage from the ceremony show the happy couple beaming as they marry at the hospital

You may kiss the bride! The happy couple kiss after the ceremony in the hospital chapel

You may kiss the bride! The happy couple kiss after the ceremony in the hospital chapel

You may kiss the bride! The happy couple kiss after the ceremony in the hospital chapel

Hero: A witness said Mr Fox had stepped in to help his fiancee - now wife - when she was attacked by the crocodile

Hero: A witness said Mr Fox had stepped in to help his fiancee - now wife - when she was attacked by the crocodile

Hero: A witness said Mr Fox had stepped in to help his fiancee – now wife – when she was attacked by the crocodile

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 short video clip from the ceremony shows the moment the groom kisses the bride.

A family friend described how the former top tennis player lost her arm to a large crocodile.

He 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 though.

‘The boats used in that activity are inflating and the crocodile attack their vessel and in the process deflated it before attacking her.

‘During the attack the crocodile gripped her arm and ripped it off while her partner made frantic efforts to save her life.’

Happy couple: Photos posted by Ms Ndlovu on social media show them travelling in nature and treating themselves to spa days

Happy couple: Photos posted by Ms Ndlovu on social media show them travelling in nature and treating themselves to spa days

Happy couple: Photos posted by Ms Ndlovu on social media show them travelling in nature and treating themselves to spa days

Wedding preparations: The couple are seen smiling in another selfie from their spa day

Wedding preparations: The couple are seen smiling in another selfie from their spa day

Wedding preparations: The couple are seen smiling in another selfie from their spa day

Horror: The attack took place just above the Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia

Horror: The attack took place just above the Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia

Horror: The attack took place just above the Victoria Falls, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia

Despite her injuries, the former pro is thought to have retained her ability to play tennis as she is left-handed. 

Crocodiles were the biggest killers out of all in the wild animals and creatures in Zimbabwe last year with 21 people suffering fatal attacks in 2017.

There are many companies who run canoeing adventures on the River Zambezi which is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia which can be a half day long or can be booked for several days or weeks. 

Websites promise how they will see elephants, water bufflalo, zebra and the ‘shimmering bodies of crocodiles’ but none of the sites state that there is no warning of danger of attack from the deadly Nile crocodiles. 

Last month a boozy wedding party guest lost an arm and was badly bitten when he jumped into a crocodile pool which is a tourist attraction at a venue in Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

He had climbed through a kitchen window at the Victoria Falls River Brewing Company and climbed a fence and taken off his t shirt and dived into a pool that houses three crodiles.

Colin Miller, 21, of Zambia had an arm torn off and was only saved when all three crocodiles released him to fight over it. 




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