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Man dies 8 years after accepting dare to eat slug

07 November 2018, 10:23 | Rodolfo Wallace

Sam Ballard was only 19 when a dare changed his life forever

Sam Ballard was only 19 when a dare changed his life forever

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

Ballard was 19 and a promising rugby player when he ate the slug as a dare while hanging out with his friends.

According to the friends who dared Ballard, they saw a slug on the table, and Ballard asked if he should eat it, the next day after feeling dizzy and vomiting, teenager's Mother took him to the ER. Newlyweds contract rare brain parasite during Hawaiian honeymoon Humans can be infected if they eat the raw or undercooked contaminated animals, or vegetables carrying unseen snails or slugs that have not been thoroughly washed before consumption.

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.

Back in April, two of his friends Jimmy Galvin and Michael Sheasby appeared on the Australian show "Sunday Project" which Lisa Wilkinson hosts.

"We have some sad news for you now". "Twenty-year-old boys, red wine, alcohol, sitting at some mate's table - a slug goes onto the table, someone banters about a dare", his mother, Katie Ballard, told 7 News Sydney in an interview the following year. Toddler from Big Island Contracts Rat Lungworm Disease, Hawaii's 5th Case in This Year.

Ballard also received disability benefits to care for him, but The Independent wrote how "Ms Ballard spent the final years of his life battling with the Australian authorities", when cuts were made to his financial aid.

Ballard passed away at a Sydney hospital and was with 20 of his family and closest friends, according to TV host Lisa Wilkinson yesterday, November 5.

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According to Daily Mail Australia, his last words to heartbroken mum Katie were: "I love you".

While he was initially unable to move his limbs, the former Barker College student worked hard to regain some movement. And he just started bawling his eyes out.

The news show announced in a blog post that Ballard died Friday, almost nine years after the fateful night.

"So, you know he's there", Galvin said.

When his friends visited, they said his face lit up and he was very much "still there". His mother told him not to worry.

They'd watch footy like they used to and share a beer, even if that meant just a sip for Sam when Katie left the room.

"Physios had Sam standing in the frame at the gym", she wrote.

And she insisted that her son was "still the same cheeky Sam, and laughs a lot". "The impact is huge".

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