Hot, athletic 19 year old rugby player swallows a garden slug on a dare. Now he's a quadraplegic.

  • Unity123

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    Mar 07, 2018 3:36 PM GMT
    This is really sad.

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    The simple garden slug was infected with Angiostrongylus cantonensis, which is a parasite found in rat feces.

    http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/03/06/rugby-player-who-swallowed-garden-slug-as-dare-fights-australia-government-over-health-bills.html
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Mar 07, 2018 3:50 PM GMT
    Holy shit, what a horrible story! I just finished reading it.

    Can you imagine your whole life completely ruined over what most would consider a silly innocuous dare?
  • Unity123

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    Mar 07, 2018 4:10 PM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo saidHoly shit, what a horrible story! I just finished reading it.

    Can you imagine your whole life completely ruined over what most would consider a silly innocuous dare?


    Yes, exactly. It's a reminder for me to be thankful every day for good luck and good health.
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    Mar 07, 2018 4:40 PM GMT
    Sad, but stupid.

    Just in case everyone thinks their immune from this danger - you can get the same disease (and many people have) from eating any salad greens that have not been thoroughly washed in Hawaii, or other Pacific Islands. The Hawaii tourist office is never going to warn tourists about this though - it might hurt tourism if more people knew.
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    Mar 07, 2018 5:04 PM GMT
    This for sure is a horrible story , and i feel for the now man and his family ....
    NDIS ( our equivalent of your social security disability ) bases his pay outs and monthly payment on a plan decided and acknowledged by the disable person or his family or his /her medical proxy ..
    The money promised was calculated when the plan was submitted to the NDIS , but at times during the reviewing of that due plan , the financial aspect can be changed if the financial needs seem to have been blown up ..
    As many government funded help , sometimes people abuse the system ( same problem arises in the U.S , and it seems Mr Trump wants to put an end to that ) , NDIS will review the first quote and change the amount paid to the family ..
    Nothing is perfect in this world , but i have to say NDIS , has and still help a lot of people ..
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    Mar 08, 2018 2:20 AM GMT
    HikerSkier saidSad, but stupid.

    Just in case everyone thinks their immune from this danger - you can get the same disease (and many people have) from eating any salad greens that have not been thoroughly washed in Hawaii, or other Pacific Islands. The Hawaii tourist office is never going to warn tourists about this though - it might hurt tourism if more people knew.


    This is true and reports have surfaced. Not many, but I have read about several cases and I didn't like the news. I've lived on the Islands and I know about this issue. Wash all home grown foods well and other locally sourced Items I check to see how it's grown etc. I like local foods, but you need to wash them!
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    Mar 08, 2018 6:07 AM GMT
    2bnaked said
    HikerSkier saidSad, but stupid.

    Just in case everyone thinks their immune from this danger - you can get the same disease (and many people have) from eating any salad greens that have not been thoroughly washed in Hawaii, or other Pacific Islands. The Hawaii tourist office is never going to warn tourists about this though - it might hurt tourism if more people knew.


    This is true and reports have surfaced. Not many, but I have read about several cases and I didn't like the news. I've lived on the Islands and I know about this issue. Wash all home grown foods well and other locally sourced Items I check to see how it's grown etc. I like local foods, but you need to wash them!

    Which you can't do in a restaurant setting. I have been to Hawaii a number of times. I will never eat salad in a restaurant there (or any other location in the Pacific Islands) It is foolish to do so. You can never know how local produce was handled before it came to your plate. I believe the parasite (Angiostrongylus cantenosis - "rat lungworm") originally was brought from southeast Asia in rats. It is a rat parasite that gets into snails and slugs, which are all over the tropics. Just having the snail or slug crawl across a vegetable such as lettuce, is enough to leave parasite eggs, which when ingested by a human, cause this horrible disease.