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Crocodile bites off woman's arm in Africa 5 days before her wedding

Crocodile bites off woman's arm in Africa 5 days before her wedding

The love birds planned to have their wedding at the Busters Sports Club in Bulawayo but chose to exchange vows at the hospital chapel instead, calling 60 of their closest friends and relatives.

Five days later, the couple married in a hospital chapel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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

"The crocodile just jumped out of the water and bit a chunk of my arm together with the side of the boat", she told the Chronicle. "But I'm not sure if we'll be canoeing again", he told The Sun.

Local guides came to their rescue.

Ndlovu-Fox was taken to Victoria Falls Hospital and airlifted to the Mater Dei Hospital.

Groom Jamie Fox said he felt "so proud" of his bride, a former tennis player, for being able to smile and laugh "despite her pain and what she gone through".

During their voyage at the end of April, an 8-foot crocodile leaped out of the water, grabbed Ndlovu by the arm and dragged her into the water, reported the Telegraph.

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"I was shouting, trying to save her", Fox told the Associated Press.

"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.

Although she didn't get to attend the wedding reception, she was discharged from the hospital a day later.

"But in all this I am not complaining, and my wedding was the best and I am so happy we proceeded despite all the drama, and I have a wonderful husband".

The bride was flown to a nearby hospital where doctors had to amputate the remainder of her arm and treat injuries sustained to her left hand. "I never even at one point thought of calling off the wedding. For the better or worse, in sickness and in health, that's just how our love is going to be", said Fox.

The couple met 18 months ago when Mr Fox, who works for the National Citizen Service, was on a work programme in Zimbabwe.

The couple plans to live in the U.K.as soon as the paperwork can be finalized.