Sam Ballard has died aged 28 after an eight year battle.
According to Daily Mail Australia, his last words to heartbroken mum Katie were: "I love you". His mother Katie, who cared for him full-time, was by his side, and Sam was able to express his gratitude to her.
Mr Ballard died on Friday night at the age of 29.
He understood what was going on around him, his mother said, and his friends still visited.
'His last days were the happiest and he was surrounded by a room full of love'.
His funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
"Physios had Sam standing in the frame at the gym", she wrote.
'That's awful, my son shared his room with him at the Ryde rehabilitation centre.
At Hornsby Hospital, not far from where Sam grew up, friends and family gathered.
Galvin said he apologized for not stopping his friend from eating the worm that night.
Sam Ballard was in a coma for 420 days after eating the slug at a party on Sydney's north shore in 2010 when he was 19.
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'The conversation came up: "Should I eat it?" off Sam went. 'Should I eat it?' And off Sam went. That's how it happened'.
But doctors found he had actually contracted rat lungworm, a disease found in rodents that can also infect snails and slugs through the larvae in their feces.
Others online who payed tribute to the young man urged his friends to celebrate his life after all the hardships. Don't let the guilt of the role you played destroy your lives, your mate wouldn't have wanted that'.
"Rest In Peace, Sam, and blessings to his family, especially his mum and all the carers out there", says another.
For eight years his friends and family - led by his mother Katie - stood by him and helped him.
In 2011, Katie shared a post on Facebook, maintaining hope that her "rough-and-tumble Sam" would recover.
'Sam is doing really well.
However, she added, Sam's illness hit the family hard.
"He will walk and talk again (thank god) but the time factor is was we don't know".
She later said the accident completely changed his life.
It was a split-second decision that would change his life forever - and eventually cause his death. "It's huge. The impact is huge".