Sam Ballard and his friends were sitting around a table drinking one night when someone challenged the rugby player to a dare. They wanted the teen to swallow a slug, but when he did, it left him paralyzed.
Ballard comes from Sydney, Australia. In 2010 he was an athletic 19-year-old and passionate rugby player. It was no doubt for these reasons that Sam’s mom Katie believed that the strapping teenager was “invincible.”
However, little did the proud mom know that a little dare would end up changing the course of her son’s life. On one occasion that year, Sam and his friends had been enjoying themselves with a glass of wine. That’s when someone pulled out a slug and dared Sam to eat it.