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Man Who Fell Into Coma After Eating Slug Dies

06 November 2018, 04:45 | Myron Mathis

Sam Ballard seen in an earlier

Sam Ballard seen in an earlier

'The conversation came up, "should I eat it?"

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

'I hope the friends that were with him when he swallowed the slug, especially the one who dared him, ' one tribute read. His mother Katie, who cared for him full-time, was by his side, and Sam was able to express his gratitude to her.

Sam Ballard never did anything wrong, if you ask family and friends.

He said: 'When I walked in, he was very very gaunt, and there were cables everywhere - it was a big shock'.

Sam fell into a coma for an agonising 420 days and woke with an acquired brain injury.

"Take care of your mates and before you jump off a roof into a pool or dare your mate to do something stupid, just think about it because it can have the worst consequences, not only to your friend but to his family and the rest of his friends".

After spending three years in hospital Mr Ballard was released into a motorized wheelchair.

Sam Ballard was the "life of the party", according to friends.

He endured numerous medical complications since the initial infection, including suffering from seizures, being unable to control his body temperature and having to be tube fed.

Sam Ballard (centre) with friends.

But the slug was the culprit, and had led Sam to contract rat lungworm, or angiostrongyliasis - a parasite carried by rats that affects the brain and spinal cord.

Last September, without warning, the NDIS texted Ms Ballard to say a review of his plan had slashed his allocation to around £75,000. The parasite can cause eosinophilic meningitis.

Usually the parasite dies over time, even without treatment.

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.

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.

Before the accident, Katie described her son as a "invincible".

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