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Domestic abuse survivor gets surprise proposal by paramedic who saved her life

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(May 13, 2015) – A domestic abuse survivor just got an awesome proposal from the EMT who saved her life.

In January 2012, EMTs responded to a 911 call in Clearwater, Florida. Melissa Dohme, 20, was stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend. A paramedic named Cameron Hill responded to the scene and lifted her into the ambulance. Hill told the Tampa Bay Times, “It was so bad. You couldn’t tell she was blond.”

Dohme spent three weeks in the hospital. The Tampa Bay Times reports that she flat-lined four times and suffered nerve damage that partly paralyzed one side of her face.

Dohme successfully completed rehab walking on her own. She traveled to Europe, graduated from college, and became an advocate for domestic abuse survivors.

In the fall of 2012, two of her first responders surprised Dohme when she spoke at a church. One of them was Hill. They hugged, and made plans to meet again.

By December 2012, they were dating.

On Monday, Dohme was asked to throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays game to recognize her for her advocacy work. Hill was there with her, and when he handed her the ball it said “Will you marry me?”

Dohme tole the Tampa Bay Times, “I don’t even want to be upset about what happened to me because I met Cameron out of it. So I can’t even look at it as anything bad anymore…My message to any woman that’s in an abusive relationship is that you are not alone and there is a better life after abuse.”