In January of 2012,Â Melissa Dohme was stabbed by her boyfriendÂ Robert Lee Burton Jr.Â all over her face and neck. After being attacked with a knife a total of 32 times until two witnesses managed to intervene and call for help, the then-20-year-old Dohme was saved by paramedics and brought to the hospital. On Tuesday, she faced Burton Jr. in court — seeing him for the first time since that night.
“The look in his eyes wasn’t something I will ever forget,” Dohme said of the horrifying ordeal.
Burton Jr. originally wanted to plead guilty only on the condition that he could get less than 10 years because apparently, attempted murder is the college bowling class of crimes. Fortunately, the judge saw it for what it was and dismissed his ridiculous request. As a result, Burton Jr. pled guilty to attempted murder.
His victim watched in the courtroom, but she wasn’t alone. By her side was firefighter-paramedicÂ Cameron Hill — one of the medics who saved her life that night. After helping her, Hill couldn’t get Dohme out of his head. He wound up asking her out and, lo and behold, they are now extremely happy togetherÂ because sometimes life is actually a movie.
“At the time she was real bloody,” he says. “I, for some reason, didn’t think it was the last time I would see her…Â Considering all the things that have happened to her, she is a very strong and determined girl and she’s doing everything she can to get back to a normal life.”
“I don’t even want to be upset about what happened to me because I met Cameron out of it,” commented Dohme. “So I can’t even look at is as anything bad anymore.” First of all: wow, most wonderful attitude about one of the worst possible situations ever. Second, and you can say it with me: AWWW.
I am thrilled this story has a happy ending. Positively thrilled. And even more badass? Since being attacked, Dohme has already graduated college, become a nurseÂ and speaks out against relationship abuse:
“My message to any woman that’s in an abusive relationship is that you’re not alone and there is a better life after abuse. You deserve to be loved and respected and never, never should a man lay a hand on you and it’s not acceptable by any means.”
Another thing we can all say together: whoa.
Screencap: ABC News.