Just over four months after he was involved in a horrific car accident, UFC legend Matt Hughes returned to the hospital he was treated at to thank the nurses who helped in his recovery.
Hughes, 43, went back to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Tuesday to honor the two nurses that treated him immediately after his truck collided with a train. Hughes broke down to tears at the event, which he attended with his Audra and his two daughters, Hanna and Katelyn.
“My family and friends have told me that the entire team at St. John’s was really good to me and all of them,” Hughes said Tuesday during the ceremony. “It means the world to me. Thank you all so very much.”
Hughes thanked nurses Ashley Hull and Megan Simpson for their care, and they received the DAISY nurse award, which is given each month to a nurse at St. John’s Hospital. Hughes’ friend Tony Zucca nominated the nurses for their around-the-clock care.
Watch a video of the ceremony honoring the nurses below:
On June 16, Hughes was driving a pickup truck in Raymond, Illinois when his truck rolled over a set of train tracks. The former UFC champion didn’t see the train coming, and it struck his vehicle on the passenger side.
Hughes was rushed to the hospital and it was determined he had no broken bones or internal injuries, but was unawake and unresponsive. It was feared he suffered spinal injuries, and his family released a statement updating his health condition on June 18. It said they were working with the nonprofit Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation to figure out what the next steps were.
In August, Zucca posted a video of Hughes and him doing Brazlian jiu-jitsu, showing he was getting healthier.
I leave for only five days and come back to his ass wanting (and able) to roll! Unbelievable! Spare me the grappling lessons. The only things that are important: firing muscles that haven’t been used in a long time…and having fun! So awesome to see that smile and hear that laugh again. If I posted a video from day one and compared it to today…and you still didn’t believe in miracles…well, there’s nothing that’s ever going to change your mind.
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