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Matt Hughes may be moved to hospital specializing in traumatic brain injuries

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Mixed news regarding UFC hall of famer Matt Hughes following an accident late last week where his truck was hit by a train. While recent news has largely been positive (considering the seriousness of the accident), it sounds like he's still got some serious health issues to deal with. His sister recently told the press that Matt suffered no broken bones or internal injuries, but UFC president Dana White did say that the former 170 pound champion did suffer head trauma from the crash.

Hughes is currently being treated at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, but may soon be transfered to another hospital that specializes in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). MMA Junkie has the details:

The Hughes family was recently contacted by the Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to “support the family unit through biblical principles from the initial impact of a tragedy of illness.” According to a person close to the family, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, Triumph founder Reggie Jones has offered to evaluate Hughes and get him transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a facility that specializes in traumatic brain injuries.

Police are still investigating the situation surrounding the accident, and are waiting for toxicology reports to return. The train crossing Matt was hit at has nothing but a sign and no crossguards, but there are obviously a lot of questions regarding the incident and how it went down. Hughes is currently being weaned off a respirator but has been reported to be ‘awake and responsive.’

More information as it develops.

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