updated 8/19/2008 12:10:09 PM ET 2008-08-19T16:10:09

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 on Monday 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 for the Olympics when they were attacked at a tourist attraction August 9th, apparently at random. The attacker killed himself.

Their daughter Elisabeth “Wiz” Bachman is a former U.S. Olympic volleyball player and 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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