An emotional gathering at HSHS St. John's Hospital in SpringfieldTuesday as UFC legend and Hillsboro native Matt Hughes paid a visit, weeks after a car-train accident nearly claimed his life in June. He and loved ones honored two nurses that played a key role in his recovery. Matt's friend Tony Zucca saluted ICU nurses Ashley Hull and Megan Simpson for their efforts after Hughes was airlifted to the hospital.
Hull and Simpson were honored with the DAISY Award. St. John's isn't commenting on Hughes condition but many were encouraged to see him up and moving around and getting emotional during the ceremony . Zucca says he has a long road ahead of him. While Hughes, family and friends were on hand to hand out awards to the nurses, Hughes received an unexpected honor of his own, receiving the HSHS St. John’s Superhero Award for turning a setback into a comeback.