Man Proposes to Woman Whose Life He Saved After Being Stabbed by Her Ex Fiance

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Man Proposes to Woman Whose Life He Saved After Being Stabbed by Her Ex Fiance
Thu 14-05-2015

A woman who miraculously survived being stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend has gotten engaged to the first responder who helped save her life.

Melissa Dohme's happy ending played out as she prepared to toss the first pitch in the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field in Florida on Monday night.

Boyfriend Cameron Hill, 40, ran out to present her with a baseball. On it, he'd written in red 'Will you marry me?'

Dohme, 23, looked surprised when Hill walked up to the mound to greet her and then he dropped to one knee and showed her the baseball.

An elated Dohme said yes, and the crowd went wild.

In January 2012 Hill had responded to a 911 call after Dohme's former boyfriend Robert Lee Burton Jr. had stabbed her 32 times in the face and neck.

Burton Jr. was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleaded guilty to attempted murder in October 2013.

Dohme's story is a miraculous tale of survival after she lived against the odds, only to fall in love with the paramedic who came to save her following the horrific assault.

Hill said the sight of the young woman drenched in blood with stab wounds to her hands, arms, face and head was the most gruesome he had seen in his 17-year career.

Robert Lee Burton Jr. was sentenced to life in prison without parole after pleaded guilty to attempted murder in October 2013.  Dohme flat lined four times, received 12 units of blood and suffered a stroke that affected her balance

Though he couldn't see her face, couldn't tell if she was blond because of the blood and didn't know her name, a strange feeling came over him and he said he knew in his heart he was going to see her again.

Dohme ended up being in the hospital for three weeks. She flat lined four times, received 12 units of blood and suffered a stroke that affected her balance.

A severed nerve partially paralyzed the left side of her face.

Though doctors did not know if she would speak smile or walk again, she made a remarkable recovery and left rehab without a cane.

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After a trip to Europe with her girlfriends, she returned determined to become a nurse.

For a time, she spoke to everyone - except the firefighter-paramedics from Clearwater Station 47.

In October 2012 when Melissa was speaking at a Clearwater church, two of her first responders surprised her - one of whom was Cameron.

After hugging and crying and exchanging numbers, Melissa said: 'I was weirdly giddy. I had this feeling about him.'

When they met up again, she said she felt she was in the grasp of a full-blown crush, as they talked easily and naturally.

Cameron did not know what to do but could not get the young woman he rescued out of his head.

But he eventually asked her out and ever since their first date the pair have been inseparable.