"She did great," said the dad, Shawn Powers, Tuesday. "She definitely saved my life."
The lifesaver is the elder daughter, Elisha Powers, who just turned 4.
Last week -- when she was still 3 -- her dad was out back cutting up a tree that had fallen in the ice storm. He was using his machete on some branches. He accidentally cut his right arm near the wrist -- his artery, nerves, tendons.
Shawn ended up sitting on the front porch with Elisha and her younger sister, Elaina. He was trying to stop the bleeding with his left hand, and unable to pick up the phone with either hand to call 911.
But he and his wife had taught Elisha how to do it.
"I knew she was my only option," Shawn said, "my last option, basically."
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