- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Britain’s Prince Harry was left stunned at the Invictus Games in Orlando, Fla., when a U.S. Army medic donated her gold medal to the hospital that saved her life.

Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, 25, won four swimming events at the international paralympic-style competition, which the royal created for wounded veterans. It was during an award ceremony for the 100-meter freestyle on Wednesday when the medic donated her prize.

Prince Harry, seemingly confused at first, attempted to resist Sgt. Marks’ offer. The veteran then told him the medal was meant for the U.K. hospital that treated her at the first Invictus Games in London in 2014. Doctors at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire treated her for a lung condition that required them to put her into an induced coma.

“They absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the U.K. enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me,” Sgt.  Marks told the Press Association, NBC News reported. “So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.”

Sgt. Marks, who now lives in Colorado Springs, Colo., suffered a hip injury in 2010 during a deployment to Iraq, which required multiple reconstructive surgeries. She also has no sensation in her left leg.

“We wish Elizabeth the very best and would very much like to meet her so we can thank her personally,” said Claire Tripp, Papworth’s temporary chief executive, the network reported.

The Invictus Games kicked off on Sunday and ran through Thursday. Former U.S. President George W. Bush was the honorary chairman of this year’s Games.



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