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Reading ‘Hunger Games’ helped this girl save a friend’s life

Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”
Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” File photo

Remembering a life-saving tactic she read in “The Hunger Games” helped a 12-year-old Massachusetts girl keep a young friend from bleeding out.

Megan Gething acted quickly — fashioning a tourniquet out of a pair of shorts and using it to reduce blood loss — when she saw a 10-inch long, 3-inch wide gash on Mackenzie George’s leg as they played in a marsh on June 3. According to a report in the Gloucester Times, Mackenzie slipped in the mud as she tried to retrieve a pair of shoes and sliced open her skin on a welded steel pump sticking out of the ground.

The girls and other sixth-graders had gone to the marsh to play before their parents picked them up from a birthday party sleepover at a nearby home.

While Megan held onto the tourniquet, she told another friend to go for help. The friend returned with her father and brother, who scooped up Mackenzie and got her to medical care. She underwent surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Megan told the Gloucester Times she knew of tourniquets’ blood-staunching abilities from reading the popular young adult dystopian trilogy, “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. The books later were made into movies.

“I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding,” she told the paper, adding: “Going through my mind was just helping ‘Kenzie.’ ”

“Thank goodness she was there,” Mackenzie’s father, Gregory George told the Gloucester Times, referring to Megan.

“Mackenzie would have lost a lot more blood, and it could have been life-threatening if she hadn’t done what she did.”

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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