Girl's Facebook post saves dad

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AN American girl is being credited with saving her father’s life, thanks to a frantic online plea.

Brianna Vance, 10, turned to Facebook after a severe storm tore through her family’s West Virginian neighbourhood on June 10, reported ABC News. 

Her father, Mr Gregory Vance, and two friends had been sitting on the front porch when a huge tree came crashing down on top of them.

The storm knocked out cellphone signals, and the house had no land-line. But somehow, Brianna was able to get online.

“The lightning crashed and hit a tree by our porch and my dad’s almost dead,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “He needs an ambulance please. Please call one for us if you have a signal. We live in a yellow house.”

Someone saw her plea and called 911, and rescue crews arrived. The men were rushed to the hospital, where they were treated and later released.

Mr Vance made a safe return home from the hospital, with a few broken ribs, on Saturday, right in time to celebrate Father's Day.

"It's the greatest one in my opinion, and we haven't even cooked out or went nowhere or done anything. Just sit here in the house and be together and enjoy each other," Mr Vance told


Sources: ABC News,