A Zimbabwean woman got married in a hospital chapel despite having her arm bitten off by a crocodile just days before.

A family friend is quoted in the UK’s Daily Mail as saying Zanele Ndlovu was canoeing down the Zambezi river with her fiance Jamie Fox when the crocodile struck.

“They were in an inflatable boat, and the crocodile attacked their vessel and in the process deflated it, before attacking her,” the family friend said.

Ms Ndlovu’s Facebook profile picture shows her white water rafting.

“During the attack the crocodile gripped her arm and ripped it off while her partner made frantic efforts to save her,” the family friend said.It adds that Mr Fox made a make-shift tourniquet before taking her to hospital where the arm had to be amputated.

The UK’s Sun newspaper reports that they had made plans to marry by the Victoria Falls on Saturday but instead were allowed to use the chapel at the Mater Dei Hospital in Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo, on Sunday.

A Youtube video shows when they tied the knot: