When one Florida student was brutally attacked by her ex-boyfriend and left fighting for her life, she never imagined that the worst day of her life would lead to the best.
In 2012, Melissa Dohme was violently stabbed 32 times by her ex-boyfriend and would have died if not for the determined first responder named Cameron Hill who carried her bloody body to a helicopter and rushed her to the hospital. “I didn’t even want to open my heart up to anything,” Dohme said. “I was afraid, but then I met Cameron.”
10 months after the attack, Dhome and Hill were reunited at a lunch in her honor and quickly became inseparable. “Cameron was so great, he would always just be there for me I think in every way, even if I was really upset or had a really rough day,” Dhome said. “He’s my best friend, we’ve been such a team through [my healing].”
Despite everything she’d been through, Dhome realized there was something more than just friendship between her and Hill. “I just really couldn’t ignore how the crazy feeling inside that this is who I’m supposed to be with,” said Dhome. “Her strength was unbelievable,” said Hill. “That was the first thing I fell in love with.”
After four years of dating, the couple got married on March 4 in front of friends and family, as well as six of the firefighters, EMT, and doctors that helped save Dhome’s life. “It was a full circle moment. I spent the worst and the best day of my life with Cameron,” said Dohme. “It was beautiful,” Hill said. “I married the girl of my dreams.”
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