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.”


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.”

She then instructed another friend to run and get help, and Mackenzie was on her way to the hospital a short time later. And the little girl’s parents couldn’t be more thankful. Gregory George said:

“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.

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