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Prince Harry promised an American veteran he would personally thank the British hospital that saved her life. During a meeting Wednesday at Kensington Palace, he kept his word.
At the request of Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, Prince Harry delivered one of the Army medic's Invictus gold medals to the staff of Papworth Hospital.
It was one of four medals Marks won for swimming during last month's Invictus Games, the international Paralympic-style competition founded by Prince Harry for wounded service members.
In one of the many memorable moments from the Orlando games, Marks rushed after the prince following the award ceremony and asked him to take the medal back home with him to London.
"Once the race was over, he awarded me the medal, I think he knew I was going to hand it to him but he still was surprised that I wanted to give away my gold medal,” Marks said at the time.
Papworth Hospital came to her rescue two years ago when she arrived in London to compete in the first Invictus Games. Marks became ill after landing and ended up with a near-fatal lung condition.
On Wednesday, Prince Harry met with the Papworth medical team that Marks credits for saving her life. and expressed his own gratitude for their work.
“From all of us, it's just a huge, huge thank you to all of you,” he said.
Marks, an Iraq veteran who lost all feeling in her left leg from a 2010 injury, developed a special bond with the prince after their exchange, but she brushed it off as part of Harry’s well-known dedication to veterans.
“He's like a brother in arms and he's the big brother of the Invictus Games so I think it is just a comfortable camaraderie,” she said.
Marks now has her sights to winning a few more gold medals. She hopes to represent the United States at the Paralympic Games in Rio. She currently holds the 100-meter breaststroke world record.