Prince Harry Presents Invictus Games Medal to Hospital Team That Saved a Competitor’s Life 

This is an amazing way to say thank you!

Prince Harry presented the medical team from Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, England with a gold medal from the 2016 Invictus Games today as a special thank you from an American woman named Elizabeth Marks who would have lost her life if it had not been for them.

Marks is a US soldier who planned to compete in the 2014 inaugural Invictus Games but became critically sick and suffered a collapsed lung.

The staff at Papworth put her on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) system that allowed oxygen to enter her blood stream outside the body while she recovered.


This year, Marks returned to the Invictus Games, a competition for injured veterans and service workers, where she won four gold medals. She decided to give one of them to the medical team at Papsworth.

The prince presented the medal to Dr. Alain Vuylsteke, lead nurse Jo-anne Fowles, senior staff nurse Laura Bowden, Giordano Paiella and Professor John Wallwork.

“I guess I would just say thank you,” Marks told the BBC when asked what she would say to the Papworth staff. “I’ll never be able to repay you but what you’re doing is wonderful.”