Tween Saves BFF from Bleeding to Death After Reading The Hunger Games

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Some people are criticized for reading too much, but that’s not the case with a tween from Massachusetts. Megan Gething, 12, was playing in a marsh in Gloucester, Mass., at the beginning of the month when she heard her friend scream. Mackenzie George was trying “to get [a pair of shoes, but] slid on the muddy part” and hit her leg on a welded steel pump. While she “didn’t feel anything” at first, the impact left a 10-inch long, 3-inch wide cut that was gushing blood.

“I thought I just bumped my leg, but when I pulled it up I saw the cut and I started screaming to call 911,” Mackenzie said.

Luckily, her BFF’s love for The Hunger Games came in super handy and saved her from possibly bleeding to death. The 12-year-old grabbed a spare pair of shorts and wrapped it around the gash, creating a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

“I knew it from a book [THG] I read,” Megan explained. “I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding.”

MG instructed their other friend, Zoe Tallgrass, to run and get help and about three minutes later her dad and brother were there to carry Kenzie to their backyard to wait for an ambulance. The injured girl was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital where she had to get surgery so doctors could “see how deep [the wound] was and if there was muscle damage or nerve damage.”

Fortunately, there were neither of those things and physicians say she’ll be fully healed in a month.

Officer Gregory George, MG’s dad, expressed his gratitude for his daughter’s friend by saying, “Megan was the star of the show. Thank goodness she was there. Mackenzie would have lost a lot more blood, and it could have been life-threatening if she hadn’t done what she did. We want to celebrate what she did and what an amazing kid she is. And how incredible it is, without any formal training, to be able to stay calm in such a stressful situation. It’s just amazing. We thank god that she was there to help out, and we’re very appreciative that she did.

Thank goodness for Megan and thank goodness for The Hunger Games book series!

All the injuries the cast of The Hunger Games suffered on set: