Man paralysed by backyard slug dies after eight years

07 November, 2018, 10:27 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • Sam Ballard has passed away eight years after eating a slug that left him paralysed. Image 7 NewsMore

The Independent wrote, that Katie Ballard "said she did not blame the friends who dared her son at the 2010 party".

A young rugby star who first went quadriplegic after eating a slug has passed away.

'The conversation came up: "Should I eat it?" off Sam went.

Once a keen rugby player, Ballard's life changed forever in 2010, when he chose to eat a garden slug as a dare during a party at a friend's house. "Bang. That's how it happened". But days later, Ballard began to experience leg pains, followed by dizziness and vomiting. The Australian TV show had done a feature on Ballard's story earlier in the year. Doctors cleared him of that.

While Sam was anxious that the pain may have been due to eating the slug, his mother assured him that it was not the case, telling him, "People don't get sick from that".

According to Lisa Wilkinson, Sam's last words to his mother were, "I love you".

It turns out people do. Found in rodents, the worm can sometimes infect snails or slugs with the parasite if they consume the rodents' excrement. Snails and slugs can also become infected if in contact with the infected rat feces, according to the Australia's government of health. Along comes a slug, snail, freshwater crab, shrimp, prawn or frog, and either eats the rat dung or the parasite works its way into the creature infecting it. Fish, however, do not spread the parasite.

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A disease that many people are asymptomatic, in case Sam was struck by the brain.

When the Daily Telegraph reached out to the NDIS, they were told that they had been "working closely with the Ballard family" to find a resolution. "So, you know, as a mom, all you want to do is reassure them".

"As far as I'm concerned he didn't do anything wrong", she said in April. "It was just a silly thing". In 2011, Katie Ballard wrote on Facebook that her son was "still the same cheeeeeeeekkkyyy Sam" and that she believed he would talk and walk again.

The brain infection left Ballard in a coma for 420 days and made him paralysed from the waist down.

He recalled apologizing to Ballard for the incident, and his friend responded by "crying his eyes out".

The news show announced in a blog post that Ballard died Friday, almost nine years after the fateful night. The Sunday Project's Lisa Wilkinson, who spoke with the family ahead of the news on Sunday, revealed that Sam told her: "I love you".

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