Thomas Gunderson, 28, was shot in the leg during Stephen Paddock’s killing spree on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Nonetheless, he managed to stand up on Wednesday when President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to his hospital room.
“Hi, Thomas. How are you? No, don’t get up, don’t get up,” Melania Trump told him as she walked into the hospital room. The scene was captured on video, as Gunderson rose to his feet, despite his injuries, in anticipation of meeting President Trump (see below).
After he entered the room, President Trump shook Gunderson’s hand and commented, “Hey, this guy looks tough to me.”
Gunderson, of Newport Beach, California, said that two off-duty female police officers saved his life during the shooting.
Gunderson later wrote on his Facebook page, “I will never lie down when the president of this great country comes to shake my hand!”
He also stated, “There may be plenty of issues in this country, but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag. Shot in the leg or not, I will stand to show my president the respect he deserves!”
On Wednesday, only hours after the county’s deadliest mass shooting, the president and first lady flew to Las Vegas to visit with survivors and families of both victims and the wounded.
“Words cannot describe the bravery that the whole world witnessed on Sunday night,” the president said, during a brief speech at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department command center. “Americans defied death and hatred with love and with courage.”
President Trump then recognized the “incredible” job that doctors and nurses did in treating hundreds of injured people after the incident. The first couple also praised the courageous first responders involved.
As he consoled scores of victims, President Trump reminded them: “We have a great country, and we’re there for you.” He also invited them to come to Washington to visit the White House when recovered.
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