If not for the hospital staff that took care of him after his accident in June, UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes might not have survived the ordeal. On Tuesday, the 43-year-old former long-time welterweight champion went out of his way to personally thank them.
Hughes paid a visit to the HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois along with his wife, two daughters, and best friend Tony Zucca, to honor ICU nurses Megan Simpson and Ashley Hull. The two were nominated by Zucca to be given the DAISY nurse award, in which the hospital bestowed upon the two nurses for the month of October and November, respectively.
Zucca described both Hull and Simpson as the “two best nurses they have ever encountered.” Hughes himself also said a few words of thanks.
“My family and friends have told me that the entire team at St. John’s was really good to me and all of them. It means the world to me. Thank you all so very much,” Hughes said (via MMA Fighting).
Hughes’ accident happened on June 16th, near his hometown of Hillsboro, Illinois. The pickup truck that he was driving collided with an oncoming train, hitting the vehicle’s passenger side. Hughes remained in a coma for a couple of days, and woke up with no internal bleeding or broken bones.
He is now on the road to recovery.