The odds were ever in Megan Gething’s favor. The 12-year-old was able to provide medical attention to her friend Mackenzie George when George cut open her calf on Saturday morning — something Gething credits to her reading The Hunger Games.
The youngsters had been playing with some friends in a marsh in Gloucester, Massachusetts when George slipped in the mud next to a metal cofferdam — a watertight structure on enclosure from which water is pumped out so as to expose the bottom of a body of water, allowing for construction or repairs — and sustained a huge gash (10-inches long, 3-inches wide).
“I didn’t feel anything. I thought I just bumped my leg, but when I pulled it up I saw the cut and I started screaming to call 911,” George told The Gloucester Times.
But while their friends panicked, Gething remembered the first book in Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy (that has since been adapted into a four-film series starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, and Liam Hemsworth) and sprung into action, creating a tourniquet for George’s leg from a friend’s pair of shorts to stem the bleeding, and sending another friend, Zoe Tallgrass, to go get help.
“I knew it from a book I read,” said Gething of her Hunger Games-inspired actions. “I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding.”
George was rushed to the hospital and is since doing fine. Gething’s knowledge prevented her from losing any more blood.
The Hunger Games (and its sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay) tell the dystopian story of Katniss Everdeen, a “tribute” from her district to represent them in the annual Hunger Games, which sees two participants from 12 districts compete against each other to win food, money, and the title. However, the actions of Katniss and her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark, spark a revolution that sees various people in the many districts rise up against the tyrannical President Snow.