Connect with us


Teenager Dared by Friends to Eat Slug, Becomes Paralysed & Dies 8 Years Later


Teenager Dared By Friends To Eat Slug, Falls Into Coma &Amp; Dies 8 Years Later - World Of Buzz 2
For Illustration Purposes | Source: Spectator & Wikipedia

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

In 2010, Australian teenager Sam Ballard did something that would change the course of his life forever. Sitting outside in the backyard of his home, the 19-year-old and his friends were drinking wine and enjoying each other’s company until they spotted a slug not too far from where they were sitting. That was when a dare came up for one of them to eat the creature.

A slug came crawling across here… The conversation came up, you know. ‘Should I eat it?’ And off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened,” Sam’s friend, Jimmy Galvin, told News.com.au.

Just days after eating the slug, the teenager started feeling serious pain in his legs. Fearing it could have been Multiple Sclerosis (MS) like what his father had, Sam’s mother took him to the doctor. However, MS was quickly ruled out.

While Sam was worried 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”.

Unfortunately, doctors soon discovered that he was infected with rat lungworm, a parasite usually found in rodents. However, slugs and snails can also carry it if they have ingested rat faeces.

Soon after that, Sam fell sick after contracting a brain infection called eosinophilic meningo-encephalitis and later went into a coma for 420 days.  It was then discovered that he sustained a brain injury after coming out of his coma.

The teenager then faced more struggles, as he became paralysed and was unable to eat or go to the bathroom by himself. However, he soon began to regain a little bit of movement in his limbs.

Throughout the many struggles with his health, Sam’s friends were still by his side and frequently visited him over the years. Meanwhile, Sam’s mother does not blame his friends for his health, insisting that they were just kids who didn’t know any better at that time.

Now, eight years on, Sam passed away at the age of 28 surrounded by his friends and family last week. A reporter who initially featured him in a news segment on the Australian TV show, The Sunday Project, broke the news of Sam’s death in an announcement that read,

“On Friday, Sam passed away, surrounded by his family and loyal, loving mates. His last words to his mum: ‘I love you’.”

Sam’s friends also shared a message to all young people, especially young boys, saying,

“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. Just take care of each other.”

Our condolences go out to Sam’s friends and family. May he rest in peace.


Also read: 18yo Student Dies From Stomach Cancer After Eating Instant Noodles Every Night

 - World Of Buzz

Follow us on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest stories and updates daily.

Just In

1 003 1 003
News3 hours ago

UMNO Leaders Want Dissolution Of Parliament, No Matter What!

UMNO leaders have confirmed that they want the dissolution of Parliament to take place this year, but whether or not...

2 007 2 007
News3 hours ago

Zahid Says Flood Concerns Are A ‘Myth’, BN Ready For GE

Following UMNO’s consensus on dissolution of Parliament and a call for GE15 in the nearest time, UMNO President Datuk Seri...

Ft Umno Ft Umno
News9 hours ago

Tajuddin & Alor Setar UMNO Chief Face 6 Year Suspension by Party For Going Against Leadership

It has just been reported that Member of Parliament for Pasir Salak, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and Alor Setar Division...

Feat Image Umno Supreme Council Ge15 Feat Image Umno Supreme Council Ge15
News10 hours ago

UMNO Wants GE15 This Year, Ismail Sabri Will Propose Parliament Dissolution Date To Agong Soon

General Election 15 (GE15) is likely to take place this year as UMNO Supreme Council yesterday announced that it has...

Ft Fire Ft Fire
News1 day ago

M’sian Lecturer Who Asked His Students to Fill Up Inappropriate Sexual Survey Gets Fired by Uni

Last month, a former student of a local university in Johor shared the traumatic experiences she had with her former...

Collage 39 Collage 39
News1 day ago

Ousted Leader Aung San Suu Kyi is Sentenced to 3 years in Prison by Myanmar Junta Court

Myanmar’s junta sentenced an Australian economist to 3 years in prison while also handing down another conviction to ousted leader...

Bring Meat Into Singapore 1 Bring Meat Into Singapore 1
News1 day ago

Man From China Tried To Bring 226KG of Meat Into S’pore, Slapped With RM56,600 Fine

Many of us like to bring food over from our own country when travelling. However, when food items exceed a...

My Post 1 2022 09 30T111411.779 My Post 1 2022 09 30T111411.779
News1 day ago

Kidnapped Cosmetics Agent Has Been Found & Brought Back To Malaysia By PDRM!

The cosmetics agent that was kidnapped from her home by a group of men in Kelantan on September 13 (Thursday)...


Latest Videos