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Insulin-dependent man saved by daughter, 5

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She is just five years old, but helped her father in a life-and-death situation.

Holly Price woke up in the middle of the night and found that her father, 47-year-old builder Barry Barkess, was not in his bed.

Mr Barkess has been insulin-dependent for 33 years.

He fell into a hypoglycemic coma (a situation where blood sugar drops abnormally) early Saturday morning at his home in Durham, England.

Mr Barkess and Holly's mother, Sandra, who are separated, had taught their daughter that her father needs an injection if he becomes unwell.

But Holly, who has never had to put that into practice, calmly went to the fridge, got the medicine and injected him in the stomach.

She then called her mother on his mobile phone and played computer games until she arrived and her dad regained consciousness, The Northern Echo reported.

Mr Barkess said: "I must have passed out on the settee. She found me and tried to wake me up. I remember her shaking my face.

"I stood up and fell back down again because I had no strength in my limbs. I was crawling into the kitchen, but she knew what to do."

He admitted he would have been dead if not for Holly.