In the middle of the Tampa Bays Rays baseball field, a beautiful blonde stood on the mound with her hand covering her mouth accompanied by a surprised look. This while her firefighter-paramedic boyfriend dropped to one knee and asked her to marry him in front of a crowd and the baseball team.
It seemed like another sweet public proposal written on a baseball, “Will you marry me?” But what many watching didn’t know was this is much more, it was fate, and the man on one knee saved her life years before.
You see Melissa Dohme still bares the scars on her body after she was attacked and stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend, the Washington Post reports. The man on one knee at the baseball game was actually the paramedic who saved her life on that horrific night.
The Washington Post says it was January 24, 2012 when Cameron Hall responded to Dohme’s home after she had been nearly killed by Robert Lee Burton, Jr. Burton was stabbing her repeatedly in the face, hands, arms and neck. Two witnesses called 911. Dohme was found unconscious, but breathing.
In 2013 Hill told the Tampa Bay Times, “It was so bad. You couldn’t tell she was blond.” In a later interview Hill said, “for some reason, I didn’t think it would be the last time I was going to see her.” And he was right.
Melissa had a sheer will to survive and the Tampa Bay Times says during her recovery, “She flat-lined four times, received 12 units of blood, suffered a stroke that affected her balance. A severed nerve partly paralyzed the left side of her face.” Despite all of those set-backs, Dohme walked out of rehab on her own with a cane. Although the report says Melissa had nerve damage on one side of her face, and remaining scars, it didn’t stop her from traveling internationally and going to school to become a nurse.
By the end of 2012, Hill and Dohme reunited at a local church where she hugged and thanked him for saving her. By December of that year, they were calling one another boyfriend and girlfriend. Hill even stood by Dohme’s side during the court hearings where she had to face Burton. It was something they did together, as partners. Burton pleaded guilty and is serving life behind bars. That is now far behind them.
Today Dohme continues her work as a domestic violence advocate and shares her story across the country. The Washington Post says the pitch Dohme threw out was to benefit a nonprofit called “Hands Across the Bay” where she works as a representative.
Dohme doesn’t dwell on what happened to her, instead she focuses forward saying, it’s because of that night that she met the love of her life.
Good luck to that happy couple!