U.S. soldier gives Invictus Games medal to UK hospital that saved her life

Elizabeth Marks gives her gold medal to Prince Harry.
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As soon as she received her Invictus Games medal from Britain's Prince Harry, Sgt. Elizabeth Marks gave it back, and asked that it go to the medical team at Papworth Hospital that saved her life two years ago.

Marks, 25, joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17, and in 2010, she sustained a serious hip injury that left her with no feeling in her left leg. In 2014, when she was in London for the first Invictus Games, she became sick with a lung condition. The swimmer from Arizona spent 10 days in an induced coma, and went into respiratory distress syndrome. The team from Papworth in Cambridgeshire was sent down to her hospital in London, and provided the care she needed to get through her illness. "They absolutely saved my life and I can't thank the UK enough," Marks said.

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