One friend helps another survive shooting, Pres. Obama shares their story

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AURORA, Colo. -- For all the heartbreaking stories of loss, there are also hopeful stories of survival from the Aurora theater shooting.

Allie Young and Stephanie Davies are best friends who met President Barack Obama when he visited University Hospital Sunday.

They told him their great story of loyalty -- and friendship. And now they're sharing it with the rest of us.

"We are extremely positive people, we consider ourselves eternal optimists," says shooting victim Allie Young.

Maybe it's that optimism that has gotten Allie Young and Stephanie Davies through the past few days.

Maybe it's that optimism that stood out to the President, so much that he told their story to the nation after he met them at the hospital.

"I don't know how many people at any age would have the presence of mind that Stephanie did or the courage that Allie showed," President Obama said.

Hard to imagine having that presence of mind, that courage, when a gunman walked in, tossed cannisters their way ... and then opened fire.

"We're not sure if it's a joke or if we should run, be scared, it was just like a harmless smoke bomb," Allie says. "And I stand up to tell people to run, run go, and I don't know if there's an explosion or what and I just remember opening my eyes and I hear 'Allie get up, Allie get up.'"

Allie had been hit. She had a vein punctured in her neck. Stephanie was smart enough to apply pressure with one hand, while the chaos continued all around them.

"And then you just hear the rounds going off ... boom boom boom boom," Stephanie says.

Somehow, Stephanie managed to call 911.

"Stephanie then, with the help of several others, carries Allie across the parking lot to where an ambulance is waiting, and because of Stephanie's timely actions, I just had a conversation with Allie downstairs, and she is going to be fine," The President told the nation Sunday night.

That optimism is already helping with the recovery. "I mean she saved my life which, that's always going to be a little emotional for me just because she saved my life literally," Allie says.