Tributes flow for Sam Ballard, who died after eating a slug

Sam Ballard seen in an earlier

Sam Ballard seen in an earlier

Eight years after falling ill it was announced that Sam passed away on Friday, November 2.

Though most people experience mild symptoms and recover from the infection, it changed Ballard's entire life.

Soon after that, Sam fell sick after contracting a brain infection called eosinophilic meningo-encephalitis and later went into a coma for 420 days.

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

Mr Ballard's funeral will take place on Thursday at the Palm Chapel at Macquarie Park Crematorium, to which the public are invited and encouraged to wear a "splash of red or blue".

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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".

While Sam was anxious 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".

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

But doctors found he had actually contracted rat lungworm, a disease found in rodents that can also infect snails and slugs through the larvae in their feces.

In 2010, a teenage rugby player in Australia named Sam Ballard accepted an unusual dare at a party: swallow a live garden slug.

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'We were sitting over here having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across here, ' Mr Galvin said. Hopefully your friends will keep visiting your mum and family in the coming years.

When his friends visited, they said his face lit up and he was very much "still there".

Sam Ballard, who was 19 when he unwittingly ate a diseased slug in 2010, passed away last week, according to local reports.

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. It's huge. The impact is huge, ' she said.

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His eyes would always light up when they came around.

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