Wounded Las Vegas Victim Stands To Greet Trump (Video)

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A video of a man who was shot in the leg during the Las Vegas mass shooting standing up to greet President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump has gone viral (video below).

Thomas Gunderson was in the hospital recovering from the attack by Stephen Paddock, 64, at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1, the Daily Mail reports. The mass shooting resulted in at least 58 deaths, and left more than 500 others injured.

Gunderson, who was shot in the leg while attempting to flee from the mass shooting, got a surprise visit from the Trumps on Oct. 4. His family member caught the moment on video.

In the footage, Gunderson is seen trying to sit up in his hospital bed as Melania walks in.

"Hi Thomas. How are you?" Melania is heard asking, as she tells Gunderson not to get up.

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"I'm okay," Gunderson replies, ignoring her request to sit down. They shake hands as Trump greets doctors, nurses and medical staff outside of the room.

"Hey, this guy looks tough to me," Trump says as he enters the room and reaches out to shake Gunderson's hand. "How's it going?" the president asks, as he pats the patient on the back.

Gunderson, who had the hashtag "#MAGA" written on a patient board in his hospital room under the statement, "What's important to me," shared the video on Facebook. It was viewed more than 13 million times and shared over 330,000 times in less than 24 hours.

"I will never lie down when the President of this great country comes to shake my hand!" Gunderson wrote as the caption. "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!"

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Several social media users commended Gunderson for his patriotism.

Earlier on Oct. 4, Trump said his meeting with Las Vegas doctors and the mass-shooting survivors made him "proud to be an American," according to the Daily Mail.

"I just met some of the most amazing people," Trump told reporters at the Nevada hospital. "We met patients that were absolutely terribly wounded. I invited a lot of them over to the White House."

"The doctors, the nurses -- all of the people at the hospital have done a job that's indescribable," he added.

Trump also took to Twitter the following day to further remark on his visit to Las Vegas.

"So wonderful to be in Las Vegas yesterday and meet with people, from police to doctors to the victims themselves, who I will never forget!" the president tweeted on Oct. 5.

Sources: Daily Mail, Thomas Gunderson/Facebook, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Daily Mail, Donald Trump/Twitter via Daily Mail

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