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She Was Attacked And Nearly Lost Her Life. Years Later, One Man Surprises Her In The Biggest Way

Melissa Dohme was only 20 years old when an incident changed her life forever. In 2012, her ex-boyfriend visciously attacked her. It was a case with very little hope for survival. But, through it all, she made it out alive.

One of the first people to rush to the scene was firefighter-paramedic Cameron Hill. Little did he know that his relationship with Melissa would not end there.

This is Melissa Dohme before the incident occurred.

This is Melissa Dohme. When she was 20 years old, her ex-boyfriend tried to kill her. He stabbed her 32 times, all over her body, and left her for dead.
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The circumstances looked dire, but amazingly, she survived. She had wounds all across her face and neck.  


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Melissa documented her recovery on Facebook. Her best friend, Kayla, was by her side the entire time.

Melissa's best friend Kayla stood by her side, from the trauma room to her first courtroom appearance. You can see the incredible transformation Melissa began to make in recovery.
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Her conditions were extreme. She required multiple surgeries, but never gave up hope.

Melissa underwent several surgeries to repair the damage that had been done, like scar excision and revision surgery. She had deep cuts, missing teeth, an eye that didn't shut -- but she never gave up hope.
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Her dog, Dixie, kept her company during the long days in bed.

Included in Melissa's vast network of supporters and loved ones is Dixie, her faithful pit bull. Dogs have incredible healing power!
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Melissa didn’t see Cameron (right) again until a local church event. As soon as they saw one another, they felt a strong connection.

One day, in the midst of her long road to recovery, Melissa attended a church event and finally met Cameron (pictured on right) -- one of the firefighter-paramedics who saved her life that tragic day. The two instantly bonded, and sparks flew...
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Within a year, the two were inseparable.

...And by 2013, Melissa and Cameron were totally in love! Melissa says she's not bitter about the attack because it led to her meeting the love of her life.
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Melissa decided to use her traumatic experience to help others in similar situations. She started Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence to help others facing domestic violence.

As Melissa began piecing her life back together, she became a huge advocate in her community against domestic violence. Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence is just one of her many causes, and victims of domestic violence look to her for hope and strength.
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Her ex-boyfriend, Robert Lee Burton Jr., was sentenced to life in prison. Afterwards, Melissa said: “I offer forgiveness and I forgive him. Forgiveness is a sign of letting go and when you forgive someone that hurts you, you take away their power.”

Robert Lee Burton Jr. pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder. Judge Keith Meyer sentenced him to life in prison without parole. He was 22 at the time of the crime.
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Melissa was honored with the ceremonial first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game on May 11, 2015. But she had no idea what would come next.

On May 11, 2015, Melissa threw the‬ ceremonial first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game for her community work opposing domestic violence. She had no idea Cameron was there with a huge surprise...
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She thought she was there alone, but Cameron came running onto the field. He handed her a baseball that said: "Will you marry me?"

Suddenly, Cameron jogged onto the field and handed her a baseball inked with a special message: “WILL YOU MARRY ME?”
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It was an incredible moment for her and everyone in the crowd. The person who helped save her life was proposing to take her hand in marriage.

Melissa was understandably shocked by this surreal moment. The man who saved her life was proposing to her in front of thousands of people...
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She immediately said yes. She later told the Tampa Bay Times, "He's the one I've been waiting for. My fairy tale."

...and, of course, she said YES! “He’s the one I’ve been waiting for,” Melissa told the Tampa Bay Times. “My fairy tale.”
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