05/13/2015 03:41 EDT | Updated 05/13/2016 05:59 EDT

Woman who was stabbed 32 times proposed to by paramedic who saved her

Three years after Melissa Dohme was stabbed 32 times by an ex-boyfriend, one of her rescuers asks, " Will you marry me?"

In January 2012, paramedic Cameron Hill responded to a 911 call that would change his life. When he arrived at the scene, he discovered a young woman drenched in blood on the pavement. She had been stabbed 32 times outside her home in Clearwater, Fla., by ex-boyfriend Robert Burton. 

Burton pleaded guilty to the attack in 2013 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Dohme nearly died that night, flat-lining several times, but she eventually recovered after several surgeries. She still hopes to recover from nerve damage on the side of her face.

Hill and Dohme met again later that year, and have been together ever since.

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Rays invited her to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to honour her for her community work opposing domestic violence. Dohme continues to work as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence and has earned accolades for her work. 

Before she threw the pitch, however, Hill walked up to her, holding a ring, got on one knee and asked her to marry him; she said yes.

"When I look back on that night, I can't think of it as all bad anymore, because I met Cameron," Dohme told the Tampa Bay Times in 2013, after he saw her through the trial of her ex-boyfriend. "He's the one I've been waiting for. My fairy tale."

Dohme left this message on her Facebook page: "THIS was not even in my frame of mind. He got me ... big time!! I love you so much, my fiancé! Cameron Hill. ❤Melissa."