Former UFC star thanks nurses for care

Local News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — Four months after former UFC fighter Matt Hughes’ car was hit by a train, he’s now thanking those who cared for him.

Hughes is from Hillsboro and he’s making a remarkable recovery. Now, two nurses who looked up to him during his fighting career are being recognized for their outstanding care.

Hughes has always been a fighter, so it’s no surprise he’s back on his feet, but he says he couldn’t have done it alone. It was the biggest fight of his life.

Hughes was airlifted to St. John’s Hospital after his car collided with a train and hit him on the passenger’s side. Now, he’s thanking two nurses in particular who were heroes in the wake of his nightmare.

Ashley Hull and Megan Simpson were awarded the Daisy Award this month. They’re given to one nurse each month, but this time an exception was made.

Hughes’ family and best friend attended the event and wanted both nurses to know just how much they played a part in his recovery.

Hughes spent several days at St. John’s before being transferred to other facilities for more care.

Hughes did not leave the event empty-handed. St. John’s gave him a Superhero Award for his tremendous comeback and having the strength to get through when many times, he could have given up.

Hughes is still recovering a rehab centers. His crash happened June 16, in Montgomery County. His pickup truck collided with a train. He suffered traumatic brian injury and surprised doctors when he woke up from his coma nine days later.

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