Samaljit Aulakh sued the South Asian Broadcasting Corp. and dumpling maker Nanak Foods in British Columbia Supreme Court for unspecified damages through his guardian Kamaljeet Aulakh, the Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday.
Samaljit Aulakh suffered from brain damage and total paralysis after he took part in a dumpling-eating contest to win an iPhone in November 2012.
He was the first to finish eating the gulab jamuns, a South Asian cheese-based desert dumpling, but he began to feel ill shortly after, the Courthouse News Service reported.
He stood up and "immediately exhibited signs of distress in containing the gulab jamuns and the Red FM broadcaster advised him that if he did not contain them, or if he threw them up, he would not win the iPhone," the complaint said.
A radio station employee gave Samaljit Aulakh some water, but he choked and fell unconscious to the ground. Emergency crews were unable to clear his airway and he suffered brain damage.