Melissa Dohme was stabbed 32 times by an ex boyfriend who left her for dead. On Wednesday, October 23rd, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Laying on the ground within seconds of dying, Cameron Hill, a Clearwater, FL EMT responded to the attack and was one of the only people who believed Melissa would live. Fast-forward one year later, the two are in love and planning a "long happy life together."
On January 24, 2012, Melissa Dohm's rageful ex-boyfriend, Robert Burton, stabbed her in the face and neck outside her home. "He was just stabbing over and over with the switch blade knife and that's when I was leaving my hands up because I knew he was trying to stab me in the eyes and heart," Melissa said. He, then, grabbed a bigger knife to finish the attack. When Burton thought she was dead, he left. Melissa recalls crawling to the mailbox so Burton wouldn't run over her as he left.
Two witnesses intervened to stop the stabbing and called 911. They were able to offer the police a description of Burton.
Losing almost all of the blood in her body, Melissa slipped in and out of consciousness. Cameron Hill, a Clearwater, Florida EMT was one of the first responders to the scene and believed there was still hope for survival.
Melissa suffered a stroke from the blood loss and had cuts across her arms, neck, head and face. Her teeth were knocked out, and her skull was cracked.
Several months following the attack and multiple surgeries later, Melissa was introduced to the first two responders (one of them being Cameron Hill) and had an instant connection. "I was weirdly giddy," Dohme told the Times. "I had this feeling about him."
The two kept in touch and have fallen in love.
On Monday, Melissa faced her attacker in court for his sentencing saying, "I've been waiting for this day for a long time. It's been 635 days to be exact." Despite his hope of a guilty plea resulting in just 10 years behind bars, the judge sentenced Robert Burton to life in prison.
The story of just one night in Melissa Dohme's life includes so many horriffic details but also a moving love story worthy of the big screen.
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