Five years ago today Melissa Dohme almost died. On January 24th, 2012, the then 20-year-old Melissa was the victim of domestic violence from her ex-boyfriend, according to the article on The News Tribune Online. She was transported to the hospital suffering from 32 stab wounds and in critical condition. It took several hours in surgery, where she died twice, to finally become stabalized. After leaving the hospital, she began speaking at colleges and public schools about domestic violence and the impact it has.
In October of 2012, Melissa was invited to meet the first responders who helped save her life and get her to the hospital after the attack. They asked her to join them at the station for dinner. Among the first responders who saved her life that night was Cameron Hill, who is now her fiancee. That night at dinner the two seemed to have an immediate connection. They spent the next several months getting to know each other, then began to date. In 2015 Melissa was asked to throw the first pitch out at the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game where Hill surprised her with the engagement. Before she was able to throw the pitch, he came out and got down on one knee to propose. She said it was one of the most surprising moments in her life.
The couple are due to be wed in March of 2017. Her ex-boyfriend was sentenced to life in prison. Melissa attended the hearing and forgave her attacker in court.