Rugby player who swallowed garden slug as dare has died, 8 years after health nightmare began
Sam Ballard, seen in an earlier photo with his mother, has died. (News Corp Australia, File)
The teenager from Sydney’s upper north shore was having a laugh and some red wine with mates in the backyard, “trying to act like grown ups”.
It was 2010 and it was a night that would change his life, and the lives of everybody around him, forever.
A slug crawled across the concrete patio and, teens being teens, a dare emerged for Sam to eat it.
One of his best friends, Jimmy Galvin, later described the moment.
“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.
Sam Ballard was a strapping rugby player before the devastating effects of the infection from a garden slug.
【海外発！Breaking News】ナメクジを飲み込むチャレンジで、19歳ラガーマンが四肢麻痺に（豪） 2018.03.09
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