After receiving four gold medals for winning all the swimming competitions she entered at the Invictus Games, Sgt. Elizabeth Marks gave one back — for a special reason.
As Prince Harry presented her with the prize, the 25-year-old swimmer returned the medal, requesting he donate it to the staff at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England.
Although Marks has served in the U.S. military since she was 17 years old, in 2010, she suffered a serious hip injury that left her with no sensation in her left leg.
Inspired by the British royal, who created the international Paralympic-style multi-sport event for injured or sick veterans, she chose to give her 100m freestyle gold to the hospital as a token of gratitude.
“So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth,” the soldier added. “Thank you, I’ll never be able to repay you, but what you’re doing is wonderful.”
Dr. Roger Hall from the hospital responded to Marks’ gesture by saying his team was "extremely proud" of her.
"Elizabeth's fantastic achievement is a good example of how modern medicine can support all of us to not only lead a normal life, following life-threatening conditions, but go on to achieve truly amazing accomplishments," he said.
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