Reading is a powerful tool, and it can even save your life! And not just textbooks or reference material either! Sometimes, even a nice fantasy book can have a deeper meaning that you initially realize. In this story, a young girl was able to save her friend’s leg using what she learned reading “The Hunger Games.”
How reading a book can save your life!
Megan Gething and Mackenzie George were playing with their friends in a marsh in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning when George badly hurt her leg, having slipped in the mud and gashing it against a piece of steel. Her wound was said to be about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide, and she was bleeding profusely.
Fortunately, Gething kept up to date on her Suzanne Collins novels and quickly realized that she can help. Borrowing a pair of her friend’s shorts, she used it to make a tourniquet around her friend’s bleeding leg, and sent one of her other friends to get help while she stayed back to put pressure on the wound.
Officials say the situation could have been worse had it not been for some quick thinking!
According to The Gloucester Times, “I knew it from a book I read. I figured it was a well-known method of stopping bleeding.” Around 12 hours later, the injured girl ended up going into surgery. George was found not to have had any nerve or muscle damage, and so she is expected to make a full recovery.
“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,” said Rockport police Officer Gregory George, Mackenzie’s father.
Gregory says that he’s really impressed with what Megan did and that she was able to stay calm, think quick, and remedy the situation without any prior training.
“We thank God that she was there to help out, and we’re very appreciative that she did,” he said.
Autistic teen saved his classmate’s life—with the help of Spongebob Squarepants
Every parent is concerned about the TV their kids watch, and what lessons they might be taking away.
The parents of Brandon Williams, an autistic 13-year-old from Staten Island, knew they had an impressionable kid when it comes to TV.
“His brain works … like a sponge,” Brandon’s dad Anthony told the New York Post. “He absorbs everything he sees.”
But Brandon proved that not all lessons you pick up from cartoons are bad ones.
Brandon was in seventh grade at Barnes Intermediate School. He was eating lunch in the cafeteria with his best friend Jessica Pellegrini, also a special needs student.
Then all of a sudden, Jessica started choking.
Brandon leapt to action. He went behind her, threw his arms around her, and thrust hard beneath her rib cage—a flawless Heimlich maneuver.
The apple Jessica was choking on came flying out.
“He saved my life,” Jessica told the Post.
The school was stunned, and wondered how exactly Brandon knew what to do.
“I looked at him, I go, ‘Where’d you learn to do that?” Brandon’s paraprofessional, Brian Griffin, told ABC 7.
Brandon gave him a very simple answer.
“I learned it on Spongebob.”
That’s right. Some people learn the Heimlich from professional safety courses, but Brandon learned it from Spongebob Squarepants, wacky underwater cartoon character.
There are actually several scenes in the long-running Nickelodeon show that show characters performing the Heimlich. But Brandon specifically remembered one moment where Spongebob’s neighbor Squidward gets a clarinet stuck in his throat, and Spongebob dislodges it.
It’s an unlikely source, but everyone is impressed with Brandon’s heroism.
“He picks up on things that most of us would miss, and files it all away in his head, and he can recall it all in an instant,” his father Anthony Williams told the Staten Island Advance.
“That’s how he knew instantly what to do. And we’re glad he did. We’re proud of him.”
Brandon’s mother Karen agreed, recalling that Brandon has always had an incredible memory, even from a young age. “He directed the bus driver to my mother’s at 4.5,” she recalled ABC 7.
While it’s funny that he learned it from Spongebob, it wasn’t lost on anyone how severe the situation might’ve been. An NYC first-grader had just died from a choking incident a week earlier.
“Last week the news story was horrible,” Jessica’s mom Debra Pellegrini told the New York Post. She was incredible grateful Brandon was there to save her daughter.
According to Inside Edition, Brandon and Jessica’s class threw a party to celebrate Brandon’s heroism.
Bizarrely, this isn’t even the first time a kid has learned the Heimlich from “Spongebob.”
In 2010, a 12-year-old girl saved her friend’s life when she was choking on a piece of gum—citing the exact same scene:
“I saw in my head Squidward with his clarinet lodged in his throat and then SpongeBob does the Heimlich maneuver and the clarinet comes flying out of his mouth,” she told the New York Post.
That’s at least two lives saved. That sponge deserves a medal.