Eating a garden slug left Sam a quadriplegic
IT was meant to be a harmless prank but when 19-year-old Sam Ballard ate a common garden slug he caught the infection angiostrongyliasis, became a quadriplegic and was in a coma for more than 400 days.
Now 28, Sam suffers seizures, can’t control his body temperature, has to be tube fed, and needs 24-hour care.
In 2016 he became eligible for a $492,000 NDIS package but after a review last September his funding was slashed to just $188,600. His mother Katie found out about the massive funding cut when she got a text message from the NDIS. There was no explanation as to why.
It took months before she got a meeting with an NDIS official.
The Ballards currently owe a nursing service $42,000. The business is continuing to provide care for Sam even though it has not been paid.
The NDIS said it “has been working closely with the Ballard family” to find a resolution and increase Sam’s support package.
Katie Ballard with her son Sam, who was left severely disabled after eating a garden slug.