Why this sergeant is giving away her Invictus Games gold medal

Prince Harry was seen sharing an emotional moment with Elizabeth Marks on the third day of the Invictus games in Orlando, Florida. Photo credit: Chris Bott/Daily Mail

Prince Harry had a very special moment this week with a U.S. combat medic competing at his Invictus Games for injured military personnel and veterans.

Prince Harry presented Paralympic swimmer Elizabeth Marks with a medal during the games, but moments later she handed it right back to him — so he could deliver it to the London hospital that saved her life.

Papworth Hospital’s medical director said the team was “extremely proud” of Sgt Marks and described her donation as “generous and unexpected”.

Before the London games in 2014, Sgt. Marks came down with a deadly lung condition and was in an induced coma for 10 days.  “They absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the UK enough,” she said.

Marks won all four swimming events at the annual games in Orlando this week. According to the BBC, she chose to give her 100m freestyle gold to the hospital, “as it had been touched by the Prince, who came up with the idea for the games.”

The 25-year-old Arizona native has served in the US Army since she was 17.  In 2010, she suffered a serious hip injury that left her with no feeling in her left leg.

Elizabeth Marks in Iraq before she suffered the injuries which would give her limited mobility.
Elizabeth Marks in Iraq before she suffered the injuries which would give her limited mobility.

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