A North Dakota man seriously wounded in the shooting attack at an outdoor concert on the Las Vegas Strip–October First spoke about his ordeal today.
Andrew Gudmunson and his girlfriend– McKenna Larson sat down with Jim Olson to recount what happened – and how they’ve pulled through it all.
How do you put into words a one-month period where you’re shot in the gut, lay unconscious for days in a far-off hospital, survive the stress of several operations to repair your wounds, and finally get back home to the friends and family who’ve prayed for and supported you all along?
That was the challenge for Andrew Gudmunson today.
He and the woman he credits for saving his life – girlfriend McKenna Larson – tried to express what they’ve been through since the October First attack in Las Vegas.
Andrew says McKenna saved his life by quickly getting him to a hospital where he was the third patient operated on.
McKenna says it was the work of so many others – from the man who helped load Andrew into a wheelbarrow and flag down a random car, to the person who happened to be driving who knew the back roads to the hospital.
But the both agree that, when it comes to recovering from the terribile ordeal, the support of family, friends, and strangers – both in Las Vegas and North Dakota – made all the difference.
(Andrew Gudmunson, Minot) “There’s no way I can thank everybody personally because I don’t even know everybody personally, different organizations have stepped up, it’s been unbelievable.”
(McKenna Larson, Minot) “People that were complete strangers have been offering support in so many different ways. No matter what we needed we had it. The businesses and local residents of the Las Vegas area – everything – they really stepped up to help us out.”
Tonight at ten – do McKenna and Andrew plan to stay away from big crowds after what happened?