A Hudson Valley woman who nearly died from a brutal beating at the hands of her ex-fiancé appeared on Dr. Phil.

On Oct. 23, 2015, Tammi Chalmers was brutally beaten by Christopher Redenti. Chalmers’ daughter returned to her Town of Newburgh home to find a large amount of blood on the front door, blood spattered in the home and her mother missing.

The girl called police. As police investigated, they developed the victim’s ex-boyfriend, Christopher Redenti of Highland, as a suspect.

Police soon found Chalmers at Redenti’s home in need of major medical assistance.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, she suffered injuries to her head, finger, and vertebra. She required around twenty-five staples to her head, multiple stitches to her finger, which was opened up down to the tendons, and a fractured vertebra.

On Thursday, Chalmers appeared on Dr. Phil. She admits that since the attack she spends most of her day on her couch.

“I feel like a shell, a lot of times,” Chalmers said on the show. “I’m very afraid because I don’t know how to communicate anymore.”

Chalmers told Dr. Phil that she dated Chris on and off for seven years. On the day of the attack, Chris offered to help her move and brought over pizza in an attempt to be friends. After they finished, Chris began pounding her head with a meat tenderizer, she claims.

“I was begging him the whole time not to kill me,” Chalmers said.

In the Dr. Phil episode, Lisa Nichols, a transformational coach, met with Chalmers and her 19-year-old daughter. The 19-year-old is credited with saving her mom’s life.

“It feels as if there’s been little to no healing, no closure at all,” Nichols said. “It’s almost like two people will die on the vine.”

Chalmers, who watches Dr. Phil daily, hopes that telling her story gives her closure.

“For the New Year, I would really like to get back to the healthy person that I was,” Chalmers said on the show. “I want to feel confident at work. I want to be able to sleep in my bed. I don’t want to be afraid to leave my house.”

In June, Redenti pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. He received a 12-year prison sentence in August.

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