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He was shot in the leg in Las Vegas, but he still stood to shake hands with Trump

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with doctors after visiting shooting victims at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 4, 2017. Trump paid tribute to the professionalism of the doctors who treated the Las Vegas shooting victims Wednesday, saying that meeting with the patients at one hospital made him “proud to be an American.” (Doug Mills/The New York Times. Copyright 2017, The New York Times.)

In a video now viewed over 13 million times, a California man simply gets out of bed.

That might not seem too incredible, but the circumstances of it are. Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg while attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, Sept. 30 when a gunman sprayed bullets from a hotel window overlooking the crowd of thousands.

He was in his hospital bed when a couple of visitors stopped by, namely President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

In the video posted Wednesday, Oct. 4 to Gunderson's Facebook page, Melania comes into the room first and politely urges Gunderson to remain in bed. Gunderson still struggles to get up, but successfully rises to chat with Trump as cameras flash around them.

“I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand,” Gunderson wrote on his Facebook page. “There may be plenty of issues in this country but I will always respect my country, my president and my flag.”

In an interview with Fox News, Gunderson, 28, said he was with others trying to get people to safety when a bullet ripped through his leg.

"I went straight to the ground. It didn't hurt. My body numbed up," he told Fox News reporter Todd Starnes. "I was covered in a pool of blood -- it was shooting out. It was literally everywhere."

Of the visit from the Trumps, Gunderson told Starnes it "was one of the most humbling experiences of my life - the fact that the president would take time to come here and just shake my hand and to let him know if I needed anything."

Kris Kerzman

Kris Kerzman is a digital content producer for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He's also a dad, a board game enthusiast, and a sucker for an Oxford comma. He can be reached at (701) 241-5466 or kkerzman@forumcomm.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @kriskerzman.

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