Progress in Recovery of American Stabbed During Beijing Olympics

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) - The wife of an American killed in Beijing is starting to talk and walk short distances while recovering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

A statement posted on the Web by Barbara Bachman's three daughters also says the funeral for Todd Bachman is on hold until their mother is well enough to attend.

The Bachmans were in China just as the Beijing Olympics opened with a tour guide when they were attacked at The Drum Tower, August 9, by a knife-wielding unemployed Chinese man, apparently at random. The attacker killed himself.

The FBI and American Embassy have been invited by the Chinese government to directly participate in the investigation into the attack.

Their daughter Elisabeth Bachman, who was with them, played for the U.S. Olympic volleyball team in the Athens Olympics. She was uninjured. Their son-in-law, Hugh McCutcheon, coaches the U.S. men's volleyball team.

Daughters Elisabeth, Sara and Susan say in their statement that their mother is making incredible progress, and doctors are calling her a "miracle."

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