American soldier and hero Sgt. Elizabeth Marks has given back her Invictus Games gold medal in a donation to the hospital team that saved her life.

Marks, 25, deservedly won all four swimming events at the Games being held in Orlando, but has decided to give away her 100m Freestyle gold.

Marks, who has served in the US Army since she was 17, became ill when with a lung condition on the eve of the 2014 Invictus Games in London.


Thankfully medics from Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England were on hand to help her recovery as she was put on a life support machine.

The decision came to donate her 100m Freestyle medal came as a shock to Prince Harry, who was placing it around her neck at the time.

She said: “They absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the UK enough,”

“So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.”


After the ceremony, Prince Harry visited the American swim team and Sgt. Marks to thank her.

The unbelievable act of kindness is exactly what the Invictus Games is all about, well done Sgt. Marks.