With her recovery progressing, Barbara Bachman is airlifted to an American hospital

By Beth Perry and Cynthia Wang
Updated August 16, 2008 10:15 AM

Barbara Bachman, who was stabbed by a Chinese man while visiting Beijing’s 13th-century Drum Tower last Saturday, has been transferred by air ambulance to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Bachman, 62, whose husband Todd did not survive the attack and whose condition was recently upgraded to “serious but stable,” was joined by her daughters Sara McGregor, 36, Susan Bachman West, 34, and Elisabeth McCutcheon, 30. (McCutcheon’s husband Hugh, 38, remained in Beijing to coach the U.S. Olympic men’s indoor volleyball team.)

We are also extremely appreciative of the support we have received from people here in Beijing, the United States, New Zealand and around the world,” Hugh McCutcheon said in a statement Friday. “The prayers and support have been a source of strength for our family during this difficult time.

Later that day, McCutcheon returned to coaching the game he loves.

I wouldn t have come back if I wasn t ready, McCutcheon told reporters after the U.S. defeated China 3-0 in a match Friday. You know, what I do is sit on the sideline and fire up the boys. I think it was comforting just getting back into the normal rhythm of the team.