ALVIN, Tex. (CNN/KHOU) - A 2-year-old girl can make the case that her mom is a real superhero. The Texas mother took on a pit bull to save her daughter -- and won.
Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, survived a dog attack in late March. She is now home after being hospitalized for her injuries.
Kenzi has several scars but is healing.
"She's great you wouldn't know it if you couldn't see," said her mother, Chelsi Camp. "If you were a blind man you wouldn't know anything was wrong."
Chelsi let her own animal instincts kick in that day as she fought to protect her daughter.
Chelsi was dog-sitting a friend's pit bull, who was friendly until he met Mackenzi.
"The dog came up and he was just curious and when he smelled her that's when you saw it flip because I think he smelled my dog on her," said Camp.
The dog attacked the little girl, so Chelsi was forced to fight. She shoved her fist into the dog's mouth and bit off its ear, all while telling her daughter to turn over so Mackenzi didn't choke on blood.
"I only know to fight, so how else do you get somebody to stop? I mean I would do the same thing with a human being," Camp said.
Chelsi has bite marks up her arms. It took a while, but she now has full use of them again.
"I can actually hold her again. I couldn't hold her for the first week. That was the hardest part," said Camp.
Camp is back to work, and Mackenzi is back to playing and having fun.
"She's a strong little girl and a fighter and she's meant to be here," said Camp.
Mackenzi has to stay out of direct sunlight for a year. She gets her sutures out this week.
The dog was euthanized.