Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ever wonder what true love looks like?

In early 2012, Melissa Dohme broke up with her boyfriend, Robert Lee Burton, Jr. He didn't take it well. He stabbed her 32 times in her face, neck, hands and arms. She was laying on the road outside her home hemorrhaging badly when first responders, including Cameron Hill, arrived. She was airlifted to the hospital where she flat-lined four times. She suffered a stroke and had a fractured skull, nose and jaw and facial paralysis, but with medical help, she made a remarkable recovery.

Hill stayed by her side through her surgeries and speech and physical therapy appointments. He held her hand in court as the man who attacked her was sentenced to life in prison without parole. When she was able to talk about her ordeal, Hill was in the audience. He invited her to the firehouse for dinner with the rest of the crew. In May, 2015, he proposed marriage and she accepted. But one of the wounds to her face left her with a damaged facial nerve and a lopsided smile. She was determined to get her smile back before her wedding. In 2015, Dr. Tessa Hadlock at Massachusetts Eye and Ear performed a ground-breaking, intricate eight-hour surgery. After that, it still took 18 months for her muscles to regenerate, but when she arrived in a horse-drawn carriage for her wedding in Florida, she was beaming.

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