Three years ago, Melissa Dohme was found on the pavement in front of her Florida home, soaked in blood after being stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend.
One of the first responders on the scene was EMT Cameron Hill, who was immediately stunned by how bad Dohme’s injuries were.
”It was so bad,” Hill recalled in 2013, “you couldn’t tell she was blond.”
When he helped load Dohme onto a helicopter, Hill was suddenly struck by a “sixth sense” that told him that this would not be the last time he saw her.
Three years later, Dohme is now recovered from her injuries and is a victim’s advocate. She was preparing to throw the first ball at the Tampa Bay Rays game on Monday night when a man ran out to hand her the ball.
That man was Hill, and the ball said “will you marry me?” on it. Hill then dropped to his knee and pulled out a box with a ring in it.
During her attack, Dohme suffered stab wounds to her face, back, arms and shoulders. She spent three weeks in the hospital, where she suffered a stroke and a severed nerve that affected her balance and paralyzed her face in part.
Dohme’s ex-boyfriend Robert Burton Jr., pleaded guilty to attempted murder and is serving life in prison for his crime.
Despite all of this, Dohme walked out of rehab on her own. She then travelled the world and even went back to school to become a nurse.
Ten months later, she reconnected with Hill during one of her speaking engagements at Clearwater Church. They quickly fell in love and have been inseparable ever since.
On Monday night, Dohme replied to Hill’s proposal with an ecstatic yes, and she says the whole experience has reenforced her belief that everything happens for a reason, even her deadly attack.
”When I look back on that night, I can’t think of it as all bad anymore because I met Cameron,” she said. “He’s the one I’ve been waiting for. My fairy tale.”