The good news: Matt Hughes has woken up from the coma brought on when he got hit by a train. I think. Pat Miletich says he’s out of the coma and “surprising doctors” with his progress. From what I can tell, Miletich is the source for all stories stating Hughes is awake. Miletich isn’t surprised, I bet.
Most people don’t know this, but Miletich is a doctor. While he was winning cage fights, the former UFC Welterweight Champion (non-interim division) was moonlighting as a medical student at the University of Iowa Medical School. There, Miletich focused his studies on neurology, with coma related conditions brought on by getting hit by a train his passion. That’s why when he told everyone’s favorite “journalist,” Ariel Helwani, that Hughes was going to make a full recovery, we all listened.
“He is surprising the doctors,” Miletich said. “He’s making great leaps and he’s no longer in a coma, and he’s improving. It’s going to be a long road. Any type of head trauma at that level, there’s going to be some rehab.”
Of course, of course! I mean, Dr. Miletich would obviously know best as to the recovery prognosis of a man who spent weeks on end in an unresponsive coma.
Miletich said he hasn’t been able to visit Hughes, who has been at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill., since the accident.
“Nobody is allowed to visit him besides family,” Miletich said. “That’s it right now. They don’t want to overload him, they want his energy to go to healing and not to anything else.”
But he has no doubt they’ll meet again.
“I’m 100 percent sure he’s going to make a full recovery,” he said.
Oh. Uh. Well, look, just because he hasn’t seen Hughes doesn’t mean he’s wrong. If Board Certified Doctor Pat Miletich says he’s 100% sure Hughes will pull through, then who are we to doubt him?
As for the accident itself, Miletich took off his stethoscope and put on his train conductor’s hat. He also threw on a pair of CSI investigator gloves.
“When you’re out in the country, there’s no crossing guards, there’s no lights,” Miletich continued. “It’s almost like, he saw it, then tried to beat it. What I would say is that, you’re on a gravel road out in country on a hill and you’re trying to punch it and get over, you’re going to swing tires, he didn’t get across in time and got clipped on the passenger side.”
And now we know exactly how everything went down. No need for investigations or anything, Pat knows all.
Let’s all hope that Miletich is right and that Hughes makes a full recovery.