MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Michele Messer says she is recovering after she says an ex-boyfriend bit off half of her nose.
Michele Messer says she broke up with Chris Campbell a few weeks before running into him the night she says he attacked her.
"And he just... attacked me.." Messer said.
Michele Messer says she ran into Campbell at a party February 7th and when he asked her to talk outside, she thought nothing of it but as soon as they got in her vehicle, Messer says everything changed.
"I remember him just beating me everywhere, punching me everywhere, mainly in the face," Messer said. Messer then felt him use his teeth.
"I remember feeling his teeth on my face, and then I remember coming to... and I asked him what happened, and he was just like 'I bit your nose off,'" Messer explained.
Messer, in shock, was numb, and didn't believe him.
"I was looking down and I just saw blood pouring from my face, and then I just kind of looked around and saw blood, smeared and everywhere in my van .. all over," she said. Campbell then started to choke her and told her he had to kill her, but she said she was able to get a hold of the door handle, and fall out of the van.
Messer says that's when a witness called police.
Authorities originally charged Campbell with criminal domestic violence.
"I was outraged, I was outraged I remember calling, and I was like why is that.. like I'm sitting here permanently disfigured, a body part is missing and he intended to kill me. That was his intent. I mean, it was very clear what he said to me,"Messer said.
Messer was worried he would come back. "What would stop him - a piece of paper?" Messer asked.
However, authorities changed Campbell's charge to attempted murder.
Police say this is because they later discovered his intent to kill Messer, the force he used, and the fact that he choked her. Messer is relieved the charges are more serious, especially because she is a mother of two.
"It's a blessing to know that I get to still be here with them, and they get to still be here with me. you know because I unintentionally put them in a really bad situation, and the guilt eats me alive by that," Messer said.
Messer says the battle is not over yet.
"Even though, thank god we've got the charges upgraded. That's still not even half the battle, because between the pleas and the charges being suspended, you know, these men are still walking around every single day," Messer added.
Messer wants to people to see her story and become a voice for women who are victims of domestic violence. She says it's not about her attacker anymore, it's about prevention and the safety of others.