According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 33,000 people are killed by guns and nearly 79,000 people survive gunshots each year in the United States. Paul Smith, a then 17-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, was one of the lucky ones.

The high school football player was enjoying a typical teenaged day when he was robbed, shot at close range and left for dead last summer. The traumatizing event brought him to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, an HCA affiliate, where the care team performed life-saving surgery within what’s known as the “golden hour” – the time period when a trauma patient is said to have the greatest chance of survival.

Smith survived the ordeal and was back on the football field with his teammates a little more than a month later. Here, he shares his story of survival and caregivers at Sunrise Hospital prove why they are “Trauma Strong.”