Man Who Became Paralyzed After Eating Slug Dies 8 Years Later

It was a silly joke that went horribly wrong.

Eight years ago, Sam Ballard was a happy-go-lucky 19-year-old Australian lad whose friend dared him to eat a slug. Ballard accepted the challenge, which ended up being a tragic mistake.

After ingesting the slug, Ballard, a strong and avid rugby player, contracted rat lungworm. The parasite is found in rat feces and can be ingested by slugs and snails. By eating the slug, Ballard accidentally ate the parasite that would eventually cause him to fall into a coma for 420 days.

When he awoke from the coma, Ballard had suffered permanent brain damage, requiring him to have 24-hour care. He lived with his condition for many years before passing away on November 2, 2018.

He was surrounded by friends and family.

His story has touched many. 

We offer condolences to Ballard’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.

H/T: Time, CNN, 10 Daily