Promising young rugby player died on Friday at the age of 28, eight years after eating a slug at a party, which left him quadriplegic.
The young rugby player ate the slug at a party in 2010 when he was 19. With no knowledge of the animal being infected with rat lungworm.
He contracted eosinophilic meningoencephalitis and fell into a coma for 420 days.
Sam spent three years in hospital after falling ill, but was later released in a motorised wheelchair.
One of Sam’s friends, Jimmy Galvin, who was present at the party, described the event as a “red wine appreciation night”.
Speaking to The Project, he said: “We were sitting, having a bit of a red wine appreciation night, trying to act as grown-ups and a slug came crawling across.
“The conversation came up, ‘Should I eat it?’. Off Sam went. Bang. That’s how it happened.”