One couple’s true love was tested when a crocodile attacked a bride-to-be five days before their wedding. The 25-year-old woman lost her right arm, and for those wondering, no, she did not lose her man.
According to the Chronicle, despite such a horrific event, the couple still got married as scheduled, but the venue changed, of course.
Zanele Ndlovu told the Chronicle that she was canoeing with her fiance Jamie Fox, 27, and his family in the Zambezi River in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on April 30 when an eight-foot long crocodile jumped out of the water and attacked her.
“We were canoeing in the upper Zambezi using those inflated rafts. The waters were very calm, we had guides and there were about seven canoes in the water,” she said. “The crocodile just jumped out the water and bit a chunk of my arm together with the side of the boat.”
Fox was also thrown into the water, with the canoe between the two of them. Fox admits that their accounts are a bit different because it all happened so fast, but they agree that Fox became Ndlovu’s hero when he fought the crocodile to let go of his love.
“Jamie swam over to where I was struggling with the crocodile that was trying to pull me to the bottom of the river. He grabbed my waist and with the other hand, he rained blows on the crocodile,” she said.
When the crocodile let go, her right arm, just above the elbow, was torn to pieces. She also suffered injuries to her left hand.
“The pain was excruciating but with my husband by my side, I summoned the strength to fight through it,” she said.
Ndlovu was airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Victoria Falls. She was later transferred to Mater Dei Hospital, where her arm was amputated. It was became the location where the couple got married.
“We were glad we still had our lives and managed to keep our wedding date, although we had to do with a much smaller venue. The celebrations went ahead at the original venue but Zenele and I had to remain at the hospital,” Fox said.
Ndlovu, like most brides, was not expecting her wedding to happen the way it did, but she looks at it all as a blessing.
“I spent a lot of time preparing for my wedding day, running around for a venue, decor and so forth. I didn’t know that fate would have me wed in a hospital chapel, with one limb missing but in all this, I’m not complaining, my wedding was the best, and I have a wonderful husband,” she said.
Her husband is a great example of a man who had a “husband spirit” before even getting married. He said that he didn’t think once about breaking it off with Ndlovu.
“I love her even more and this incident actually made me feel the deep meaning in our vows. For better or worse, in sickness and in health, that’s just how our love is going to be. I never even at one point had the thought of calling off the wedding,” he said.
This beautiful couple is hoping to settle down in the U.K. after Ndlovu’s visa is sorted out. She was discharged from the hospital on Monday. Good luck and blessings to them! Now this is #RelationshipGoals.
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