Prince Harry awards Invictus medal to Elizabeth Marks
Britain’s Prince Harry awarded an Invictus Games gold medal, meant for US soldier Staff Sergeant Elizabeth Marks, to a Papworth Hospital medical team on Wednesday (1 June) after she insisted they receive the award for saving her life.
Marks fells seriously ill with a lung condition ahead of the first Invictus Games in London in 2014 and was subsequently treated by staff at the hospital in Cambridge shire.
Following her recovery, she took part in four swimming events at the second Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida in May 2016, winning gold in each.
Prince Harry, the founder of the Invictus competitions for injured military personnel and veterans, presented her with a medal for winning the 100m freestyle swimming, but she decided to hand it back and asked for it be given to the medical team instead.
On Wednesday, Harry invited the team to Kensington Palace and presented them with the award.
Marks, 25, from Arizona, joined the US Army aged 17 but received a serious hip injury in 2010 that left her with no sensation in her left leg.
After she fell ill in 2014, the Papworth medical team put her into an induced coma before putting her on a life-support machine that saved her life.