Promising rugby player (28) dies after eating slug on dare

Sam Ballard was left paralysed after contracting eosinophilic meningoencephalitis – a strand of meningitis. Image Facebook  Sam BallardMore

"His last words to his mum: "I love you".

"We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown up and a slug came crawling across here", he said.

'The conversation came up: "Should I eat it?" off Sam went. "Bang. That's how it happened".

Mr Ballard fell ill after eating the slug and was told by doctors he had been infected with "rat lungworm".

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

'I hope the friends that were with him when he swallowed the slug, especially the one who dared him, ' one tribute read. He was a courageous young man. RIP Sam and condolences to his family and friends, ' another said.

He said he and Sam Ballard were drinking at a party with pals in 2010 when Sam spotted the slug and had an idea.

"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".

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Ms Ballard nevertheless previously acknowledged how the incident had "devastated" her and her son's lives, saying: "It's devastated, changed his life forever, changed my life forever".

He spent the next three years in a hospital.

Ballard had to be tube-fed and required 24/7 care because his body could not regulate temperature.

In 2016, Katie Ballard applied to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) when Sam became eligible for a £300,000 package.

But in October, 2017, that was reviewed and slashed by more than half.

The young rugby player ate the slug at a party in 2010 when aged only 19, unaware that the animal was infected with rat lungworm.

Most people will develop no symptoms at all from ingesting the parasite and will fully recover without treatment. The parasite can cause eosinophilic meningitis.

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. In it, she described him as "remarkable".

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