Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Man who became paraplegic after swallowing garden slug dies aged 28

Ballard swallowed the slug on a'dare Ballard swallowed the slug on a'dare
Delores Daniels | 05 November, 2018, 21:27

"The conversation came up, 'Should I eat it?'".

Then a slug crawled across the concrete patio and Sam's friends dared him to eat it.

His friend Jimmy Galvin previously revealed that he swallowed the slug while at a party in 2010.

Sam Ballard, 28, spent three years in hospital after eating the garden slug at a party in 2010, when he was just 19.

He ended up falling into a coma for more than a year, and the reason was stunning: He'd been infected with rat lungworm, a parasite usually found in rodents, but which can occasionally end up in snails and slugs if they eat rat excrement.

As a result he suffered in infection on his brain and fell into a coma for 420 days after contracting eosinophilic meningoencephalitis - a strand of meningitis.

The Sunday Project host Lisa Wilkinson confirmed the tragic news.

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"We have some sad news for you now".

An Australian man has died eight years after eating a garden slug on a dare left him paralysed.

Other close friends of Sam's admitted the "shock" they felt when visiting him in hospital.

"On Friday, Sam passed away, surrounded by his family and loyal, loving mates".

"His last words to his mum: "I love you".

Katie had said "he understands" everything, and his mates know that was true.

His close friends often visited him, even if it was a "shock" to see their mate struggling.

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Michael Sheasby said: "When I walked in, he was very, very gaunt, and there were cables everywhere".

He later added: "We like to sit down and watch the footy and watch the rugby".

His eyes would always light up when they came around.

Mr Ballard was a promising young rugby player.

In 2016, Katie Ballard applied to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when Sam became eligible for a £300,000 package.

However, in September 2017, she was told this was being cut to AUD $135,000 - a move Katie says has left her family heavily in debt.

But in October, 2017, that was reviewed and slashed by more than half.

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The massive funding cut was without explanation and around-the-clock care means the Ballard family are heavily in debt and now owe a nursing service £25,000.

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