When Melissa Dohme was only 20-years-old, she was the victim of a horrible instance of domestic abuse. She had been dating a man who was physically and emotionally abusive. One night, however, she got the courage to call the police.
Several weeks later, her ex contacted her asking to meet so they could have some closure. She agreed to meet him, but when she went out to meet him, he attacked her. She was beaten and stabbed 32 times. She thought that she was going to die.
Several people heard her screams and called 911. Two EMTs responded. One of those EMTs was Cameron Hill. On the journey to the hospital, Melissa flatlined several times and was resuscitated by Cameron.
Two months after Melissa’s attack, she met Cameron at a banquet. She still had years of surgery and recovery to go through, but she was so appreciative of everything that he did to save her.
But that wasn’t the end of the story for Melissa and Cameron. In fact, within a year, they had started dating.
Several years after they started dating, Melissa was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game. She went out to throw the pitch, but Cameron followed her out. He gave her a baseball that showed the words, “Will you marry me?” He then got down on one knee and proposed.
In 2017, Melissa and Cameron got married in a ceremony in Dade City, Florida. Attending their wedding were the first responders and doctors who helped to rescue Melissa on the day she was attacked.
When Melissa walked down the aisle, she wore a garter that read, “He’s the reason my heart beats.” While that sentiment is often shared at weddings, it normally isn’t quite that literal.
Melissa shared, “I would never want to go through the horrific attack again, but with where I am today, I wouldn’t change it. It has made me into the strong woman I am today and also led me to find my purpose as a Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate.”
She shared about God’s faithfulness in her story, “I know God saved me that night to be able to speak out for women who are suffering in silence, and for those who have been forever silenced because their abuser succeeded in taking their life.”
Melissa’s story is incredible. She thought she would die that night, but was saved by an incredible man who turned out to be her future husband. Isn’t it incredible to see how God works everything together for us?
In other news, do you know the tragic story behind “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day?” Read about it here.