Australian Who Ate Slug on a Dare Dies After Long Health Nightmare

Ballard swallowed the slug on a'dare

Ballard swallowed the slug on a'dare

One of his friends who was in the hospital room on Friday said, "He had his voice and he said "I love you" several times to Katie".

An Australian man whose life was ruined after being dared to eat a slug has died following a long heath battle that left him paralyzed and brain damaged.

Hanging out with friends one night and drinking red wine, Ballard was dared to eat a slug that was slithering across a patio.

Sam Ballard, who made headlines for becoming paralyzed after eating a slug, died last Friday, Nov. 2 at 29 years old.

Sam Ballard, from Sydney, was 19 when contracted a rare disease after swallowing the animal, which he didn't know had been infected with rat lungworm.

Tragically, Mr Ballard contracted eosinophilic meningo-encephalitis and lapsed into a coma for 420 days, suffering a severe infection to his brain. The news was reported by Lisa Wilkinson, an anchor for The Sunday Project.

"We have some sad news for you now".

"He had an army of friends and family who loved and cared for him for which he was truly grateful", the obituary read.

The NDIS said it had been "working closely with the Ballard family" to find a resolution and increase Sam's support package.

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Wilkinson penned her own tribute after meeting Sam earlier in the year.

Michael Sheasby said: "When I walked in, he was very, very gaunt, and there were cables everywhere". He could not eat for himself and he needed help going to the bathroom. "It was a big shock".

'May Sam's star always shine bright, just the way it did in life, ' a mourner wrote.

In 2011, Katie shared a post on Facebook, maintaining hope that her "rough-and-tumble Sam" would recover.

His eyes would always light up when they came around.

However, she added, Sam's illness hit the family hard. "It's huge. The impact is huge".

Katie spent years fighting for adequate care for Sam after 2010.

Last September, without warning, the NDIS texted Ms Ballard to say a review of his plan had slashed his allocation to around £75,000. As a result of media coverage, the decision was later reversed, according to the Grafton Daily Examiner.

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