A Young Woman Is Violently Attacked by Her Abusive Boyfriend, but Survives and Finds True Love With One of Her Rescuers, on ABC News’ ‘In An Instant,’ Friday, December 29
December 21, 2017
A YOUNG WOMAN IS VIOLENTLY ATTACKED BY HER ABUSIVE BOYFRIEND, BUT SURVIVES AND FINDS TRUE LOVE WITH ONE OF HER RESCUERS
‘In An Instant’ Airs Friday, December 29, on ABC
“In An Instant” retells heart-pounding, first-hand accounts of the world’s most harrowing tales of survival by bringing them to life through breathtaking dramatizations. The powerful series features gripping interviews with the people whose lives were on the line and those who were instrumental in helping them survive. Ordinary people stared death in the face and outlasted tremendous odds. What key decisions did they make to save themselves? “In An Instant” airs on Friday, December 29 (9:01–11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
“In An Instant: The Woman Who Refused to Die”
When high school junior Melissa Dohme met Robert Burton, she thought she’d met the guy of her dreams. Little did she know, he would try to kill her – more than once.
As Burton began assaulting her one night in 2011, 19-year-old Dohme feared for her life and called 911. After that, Dohme didn’t get back together with her abusive boyfriend, but three months later she agreed to meet Burton for “one last hug.”
When Dohme stepped forward to hug Burton, she heard the click of his knife and he then began viciously attacking her. A young couple tried to help, but was threatened by Burton. One called 911. By the time the attack ended, Burton had stabbed Melissa 32 times. Her heart stopped four times that night while the trauma team saved her life.
Speaking at a local domestic abuse center months later, Dohme reconnected with one of her rescuers, Cameron Hill, who was sitting in the audience. The pair began dating and as Dohme threw out the first pitch for a Tampa Bay Rays game in 2015, Hill asked her to marry him. They got married in March 2017.
As for Burton, he was captured after buying sleeping pills, stopping at McDonalds and crashing his truck into a convenience store. He was sentenced to life without parole.
“In An Instant” is executive produced by Maria Awes and Andy Awes for Committee Films in association with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions. Rudy Bednar is executive producer on behalf of Lincoln Square Productions.
About Lincoln Square Productions
ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” “Madoff,” “In An Instant” and the “Oscars® Opening Ceremony: Live From the Red Carpet,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.