The quest to have a car pushed a 22-year-old college student into doing the unthinkable in exchange for money which she used to buy a car.
In her bid to raise the money, the Oxford Brookes University student, Sian Rogers, volunteered to be injected with a deadly dose of Salmonella Typhi, also known as typhoid, in order to test a new vaccine that aims to prevent the disease in children.
Afterwards, Rogers of the United Kingdom, received £3,000 with which she acquired a new car.
In 2015, the student also agreed to be infected with Ebola in exchange for a paid trip to Florida.
She used the cash to buy a car. The student believes that she is helping treat certain diseases and in the process, she is earning some extra money.
The current vaccine for typhoid cannot be given to children and only works in 60 percent of adult cases. Doctors gave her a glass of water with baking soda.
She then had a second drink containing the bacteria. During the first week, she felt fine, but the second week, she was bedridden.
She had to get a taxi to the hospital every morning for doctors to check whether she was going to die but luckily, she survived, Mirror UK reports.
Speaking to student newspaper, The Tab, Rogers said: “At first doctors gave me a drink of water with bicarbonate of soda in it – just so I wouldn’t be contagious.
“I then had a second drink which contained the bacteria. I had to wear some protective gloves and goggles while drinking it.
“They had to monitor me everyday for two weeks to see how I was doing, and for the first week I was fine, I had to fill in an online diary of my symptoms too.
“I started feeling woozy on the Monday and I just put it down to a busy day and having blood taken.
“I felt so sick that every time I moved I thought I was going to vomit.
“It’s pretty cool to be able to say that I’m being part of eradicating a disease.”