28-year-old Thomas Gunderson was shot in the leg during this past weekends shooting in Las Vegas, but when President Trump and first lady Melania Trump showed up in the hospital to visit him on Wednesday, he forced himself out of his bed and stood to receive the President in his room.
When President saw the determination in Gunderson’s eyes he said, “This guy looks tough to me.”
The bullet went through and through. He suffered torn muscles in his calf and nerve pain, but the bullet missed bone and arteries.
“It’s hard to stand — very painful,” he said.
But that pain didn’t stop Gunderson from standing when the President came to visit him on Wednesday.
“It was one of the greatest moments in my life,” Thomas told me.
And even though he was in severe pain, Thomas was determined to stand up and greet the president.
“I told my family that I was going to stand up and shake my president’s hand – out of respect for him and our leaders and our nation,” he told me.
And that’s exactly what Thomas did — grimacing in pain as he greeted the president and shook his hand. A Facebook video documenting the poignant moment has been seen by more than a million people…
“That 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,” he said.
Gunderson later wrote on Facebook: “I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand! 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!”
We need more Thomas Gundersons in the world.