U.S. Tourist Attacked Aug. 9 in Beijing Now in "Good" Condition
Barbara Bachman, whose husband Todd was stabbed and killed in Beijing during the Olympics, is back in the United States and has been upgraded to "good" condition by the Mayo Clinic where she is being treated.
In a letter posted this week to a Web site dedicated to the family, Bachman's children call her recovery a "miracle."
"She is able to sit in a chair for a couple of hours a day and is starting to walk short distances. Fortunately, she is in a condition where she is comfortable to hold conversations so we can cope and grieve together," they wrote.
The family said they have begun to make funeral arrangements for Todd Bachman, the father-in-law of the U.S. men's volleyball Olympic coach, but that nothing would be finalized until Barbara Bachman was strong enough to attend.
The couple was attacked while visiting Beijing's Drum Tower, a popular tourist attraction. Chinese authorities have said they are investigating the attack on the Bachmans by a Chinese man who jumped off the building, committing suicide, shortly afterwards.
Keep up with Barbara Bachman's recovery through the family's Web site.
--Ariana Eunjung Cha
August 22, 2008; 4:57 AM ET
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