There are worse decisions

Quick back story here, a very shortened one.

In 2010, Sam Ballard, a 19-year-old strapping rugby player became disabled after swallowing a garden slug as a dare.

As a result (a super rare one), the teen contracted eosinophilic meningo-encephalitis, lapsed into a coma for 420 days and became a quadriplegic.

The family are now fighting the Government due to NDIS changes.


They went to The Project with their story (obviously they snapped it up. Any opportunity to bag the Government involving a wheelchair’s a winner for any TV program I’d say.)

Since then however, they copped a lot of backlash on social media as other people have said the family should not receive support from NDIS as their son did a stupid thing and put himself in the wheelchair.

These haters seem to think their hard earned money shouldn’t go towards cases like this one.


If it was their ‘stupid’  kid, pretty sure they wouldn’t be saying that.

How about all the single mothers that are on Centrelink support.

I mean, at least we know Sam didn’t know he would have become a quadriplegic if he swallowed the snail.

Who knows that?

Meanwhile I recall learning all about condoms and the pill when I was in primary school.

But it’s ok we are supporting these people who have also made decisions to have unprotected sex?

And that they know the consequences but did it anyway?

This family have been through a bloody tragedy, find someone else to hate on (might I suggest vegans and cyclists) and let them continue to live their lives with as much assistance they really do need.

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