EMT Proposes To Woman Two Years After Saving Her From Violent Ex-BF

by Gillian Fuller

On January 24, 2012, Melissa Dohme's life changed forever: She was stabbed 32 times in the face and neck by her ex-boyfriend, Robert Lee Burton Jr.

She was 20 at the time.

Dohme spent the next three weeks in the hospital; her heart stopped four times, but staff brought her back each time.

Now, more than two years later, she's marrying the first responder, Cameron Hill, who helped save her life.

Hill said,

It was so bad. You couldn't tell she was blonde... for some reason, I didn't think it would be the last time I was going to see her.

He was right: That fall, she spoke in church and he attended. They soon began dating.

After she recovered, Dohme made it her mission to be a domestic violence advocate in her Tampa, Florida hometown. She's become so established, the Tampa Bay Rays recently invited her to throw the first pitch for a game.

On Monday night, the survivor stepped to the home plate, prepared to throw. But before she could, Hill ran out onto the field and gave her a ball to throw.

On the ball, he had written, “Will you marry me?”

She said "yes."

Back in 2013, when speaking about her traumatic experience, Dohme said,

If you believe there's good in the world then you'll find it.

She was right.

Citations: EMT proposes at Rays game to domestic violence victim he helped save (Washington Post)