- The Enterprise
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Ten days after he was found severely injured outside a Washington, D.C., home where he collapsed from an assault, a Leonardtown High School graduate underwent his third round of surgery Tuesday, as his family saw more signs of progress in his recovery.
Thomas Charles “T.C.” Maslin, a 29-year-old husband and father of a toddler, attended a Washington Nationals baseball game on the evening of Aug. 17, according to his mother and stepfather, and he went from there to a pub, with his brother and some friends from graduate school at Duke University. It was a going-away party of sorts for one of the former classmates, who was getting ready to go to Africa.
“They all pretty much split up and went their separate ways,” Don Yates, Maslin’s stepfather, said this week at the couple’s Hollywood area home. “T.C. was the last to leave.”
Maslin hadn’t returned home as of Saturday morning, and Don and Ruth Yates were heading up to Washington to help look for him when they got a phone call that he had been identified at a hospital as the man found on the front porch of a residence in the Eastern Market neighborhood.
“Somebody saw him, and called 911,” Ruth Yates said.
“He had a massive brain trauma, [a] fractured skull,” her husband said. “His personal effects were missing.”
Maslin, a 2001 graduate of Leonardtown High School who attended Bucknell University before earning his master’s degree in environmental management at Duke, married Abigail Rose Sullivan in 2009 in Drayden. They moved to Washington, D.C., where they have a son who is now 21 months old, and Maslin is employed as a solar energy consultant with an international firm.
He remains in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in Washington.
“He’s making progress,” his mother said Tuesday.
“He is responsive to light, and to verbal commands, and also to touch,” Don Yates said.
On Monday night, he said, Maslin’s wife held up a board with a written request that he hold up two fingers.
“He was able to read the message and comply,” the stepfather said. “He’s strong, [and] strong-willed.”
No arrests have been reported in the ongoing police investigation, but the couple said that law officers have been very cooperative with them.
In the meantime, friends and relatives of the injured man have been assisting his family, including setting up a donations web link at www.simpleregistry.com/loveforthemaslins.
“He’s had a lot of support from people, visiting and that kind of thing. It’s wonderful,” his mother said. “We hold every hope that he will get better.”
If you want to help
Donations to assist Thomas Maslin’s family can be made online at www.simpleregistry.com/loveforthemaslins.