When author Suzanne Collins released her novel “The Hunger Games” in 2008, nobody could have guessed it would become a worldwide phenomenon.
The book trilogy managed to beat out “Harry Potter” to become the all-time bestselling book series just four years after the first novel’s release, according to Forbes.
And in 2012, the books became an inspiration for a film franchise that would earn over $650 million in revenue and launch Jennifer Lawrence into super stardom.
And now, the popular book series may have just saved a life.
According to The Gloucester Times, a group of young girls from Massachusetts decided to go exploring in the woods after a birthday party on June 3 when one of them got seriously hurt.
Megan Gething and Mackenzie George, both 12, were playing in a marsh with the other girls when Mackenzie took a tumble in some mud and rammed her leg into a steel pipe. She told The Gloucester Times:
“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.”
Mackenzie had a 10-inch-long wound on her leg that was pouring out blood, and she was in desperate need of help.
That’s when Megan remembered something she read in “The Hunger Games.”Screenshot/Twitter
The quick-thinking middle school student fashioned a tourniquet using a pair of a friend’s shorts and applied pressure to the gash.
She told The Gloucester Times:
“I knew it from a book I read. I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding.”
“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.”
According to USA Today, Mackenzie underwent surgery at the Boston Children’s Hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery in just a month — and it’s all thanks to the little girl’s quick-thinking friend and her love of a very popular book series.