The 29-year-old man who was found beaten on the front porch of a home in Capitol Hill on Saturday has undergone two surgeries on his brain but his wife said he was able to squeeze her hand from his hospital bed Monday morning.
“I think this is an hour to hour situation,” Abigail Maslin said in a telephone interview from the hospital. She said her husband, Thomas C. Maslin, is “fighting right now” to stay alive and recover.
“The first day of this was an absolute nightmare,” said Maslin, a 30-year-old 4th grade teacher at the Brent Elementary School in Capitol Hill, which makes her a well known fixture in the neighborhood southeast of the U.S. Capitol. “I am not focusing on what happened to him, but on helping him recover.”
District police have released few details of the attack. They said on Saturday that Maslin was found about 8:30 Saturday morning unconscious on the front porch of a home in the 700 block of North Carolina Ave., around the corner from Eastern Market.
Police later determined he had been struck in the head with some type of object. The police have not commented on where he might have been attacked or whether he was the victim of a robbery.
Maslin said her husband had gone to a Nationals baseball game with a friend and then to a tavern on Pennsylvania Avenue. When he didn’t return home, she said she assumed he had slept over at a friend’s house. She learned of the attack from a doctor and family friend at the hospital.
The couple celebrated their third wedding anniversary on Wednesday; they have a 21-month-old child, Jack.
Maslin is the daughter of Martin E. Sullivan, who earlier this year stepped down for health reasons as director of the National Portrait Gallery. Her husband works as a senior energy analyst out of the Dupont Circle office of firm devoted to renewable energy.