Katniss Everdeen would be proud of one Massachusetts ‘Hunger Games’ fan, who used something she learned from the young adult fiction series to save her friend with a serious leg wound.
Megan Gething, who is only 12, was playing in a marsh with her friends when one of them, fellow sixth-grader Mackenzie George, slipped near a metal pump, accidentally cutting a wide, 10-inch gash in her leg.
Gething recalled reading about tourniquets in The Hunger Games and sprang into action, wrapping one of her friend’s shorts tightly around George’s leg to slow down the girl’s blood loss.
"I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding,” Gething said. While she held the fabric tightly, another friend in the group ran to get help from her parents, who then contacted EMTs in order to bring George to a hospital.
“Going through my mind was just helping 'Kenzie," Gething said.
George went into surgery that day in order for doctors to ensure that she didn’t have lasting muscle or nerve damage—luckily, she didn’t. But George’s dad, Gregory George, credits Gething with possibly saving his daughter’s life.
"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," he said.
"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."
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