In Midst of Bloody Accident, Hunger Games Info Put to Use

12-year-old applies tourniquet after friend cuts leg
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 12, 2017 11:52 AM CDT
This image released by Lionsgate shows Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2."   (Murray Close/Lionsgate via AP)

(Newser) – A 12-year-old Massachusetts girl used what she learned about creating a tourniquet from The Hunger Games to rescue her friend, the AP reports. Mackenzie George was playing in a Gloucester marsh with friends June 3 when she slipped and cut her calf open on a piece of metal—suffering a 10-inch-long, 3-inch-wide wound, the Gloucester Times reports. Megan Gething jumped into action and tied a pair of shorts around her friend's leg to slow blood loss, using a tip she learned from the young adult science fiction novels. Megan says all that was going through her mind was helping "Kenzie."

"I knew it from a book I read," says Megan of the technique. "I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding." The injured girl was transported to a hospital, where doctors were able to rule out muscle or nerve damage following surgery. Mackenzie's father says doctors expect a complete recovery in a month. The Georges say they're thankful for Megan's help. (Read more rescue stories.)

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