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.
The circumstances looked dire, but amazingly, she survived. She had wounds all across her face and neck.
Melissa documented her recovery on Facebook. Her best friend, Kayla, was by her side the entire time.
Her conditions were extreme. She required multiple surgeries, but never gave up hope.
Her dog, Dixie, kept her company during the long days in bed.
Melissa didn’t see Cameron (right) again until a local church event. As soon as they saw one another, they felt a strong connection.
Within a year, the two were inseparable.
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.
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.”
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.
She thought she was there alone, but Cameron came running onto the field. He handed her a baseball that said: "Will you marry me?"
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.
She immediately said yes. She later told the Tampa Bay Times, "He's the one I've been waiting for. My fairy tale."
Credit: Little Things