The Beautiful Games
Prince Harry is left speechless as Elizabeth Marks hands him her medal and asks him to give it to the hospital which saved her life
It is a gesture that will be remembered for years to come. As she celebrated her finest sporting moment, the thoughts of US swimmer Elizabeth Marks were with the people who helped her get there. Just moments after receiving it, she handed back her gold medal to Prince Harry and asked him to take it to Papworth Hospital for her - to say thank you to them for saving her life.
Elizabeth Marks was treated at the hospital in 2014 for a respiratory infection which put her life at risk after she arrived in London to compete in the first Invictus Games. As she handed over her medal she said that she would never be able to repay Papworth but that she wanted to let them know that 'what you are doing is wonderful'.
The gesture is thought to be a first of its kind and Prince Harry looked quite overcome as he took the medal. For a few moments, he was left standing looking at it, almost speechless by a gesture filled with generosity.
Given his passion for the Games and all they symbolise, it would be no surprise if the prince made his way to Papworth to hand the medal over himself. Invictus comes to an end today but this, and so many other gestures, have ensured they will be remembered as the Beautiful Games.
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