Sequim: Cafe owner recovering from attack in South Africa

SEQUIM — A Sequim cafe owner who has traveled the world for nearly four decades to follow total eclipses of the sun is recovering from severe injuries received in an attack in South Africa.

Tom Wells, who with his wife, Lay Yin, has run the tiny Eclipse Cafe at the corner of Sequim Avenue and Alter Street for 20 years, is hospitalized in the Olympic Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sequim.

According to his wife, Wells, 78, suffered severe injuries — including brain damage — when he was attacked in a South African hotel room during a visit to view an eclipse.

After the attack, in which two men robbed Wells of a small amount of U.S. money he was carrying, he spent several weeks recuperating in the South Africa, according to family friends.

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