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Australian Man Who Ate Slug Dies
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6 Nov 2018 02:37 PM EST

(CNN)It was just a silly dare among teenage boys. What could it hurt to eat a small slug? So Australian teenager Sam Ballard grabbed up the slimy creature and gulped it down. He had no idea the slug carried a potentially deadly worm that would put him into a coma that lasted more than a year, paralyze his body and ultimately take his life. In 2010, 19-year-old Sam, an avid rugby player, was drinking with Jimmy Galvin and several more of his Australian "mates" when a slug began crawling across Galvin's concrete patio at his home in Sydney.

 

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