Barbara Bachman is back in Minnesota after China attack

  • Article by: NORMAN DRAPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 15, 2008 - 11:29 PM

She was badly hurt in the knifing that killed her husband, garden store CEO Todd Bachman.


Barbara Bachman

Barbara Bachman, who was wounded by the same apparently deranged assailant who killed her husband, floral and garden store executive Todd Bachman in Beijing on Sunday, was flown to Rochester's Mayo Clinic on Friday for "post-operative care," medical tests, and rehabilitation from her wounds, a clinic spokesman said.

Adam Brase said Bachman, 62, whom he said arrived at the clinic late Friday morning, was listed in fair condition. He said he didn't know what further medical procedures she might require, or how long she would be hospitalized in Rochester.

A Mayo Clinic press release said Bachman is "alert, talking, and has good memory function," after having suffered "significant and life-threatening abdominal injuries." Brase would not identify which of Bachman's relatives were with her at the clinic, but said they would not comment on Bachman's condition, or her arrival at the Mayo Clinic.

Todd Bachman, 62, chief executive and chairman of Bachman's since 1994, was stabbed to death by an assailant in an apparently unprovoked attack as the Bachmans toured Beijing.

The family-owned, century-old floral and garden center is based in Minneapolis. The assailant also stabbed Barbara Bachman, when she moved toward her husband. The assailant then jumped 130 feet to his death.

Bachman underwent more than eight hours of surgery for multiple stab wounds.

The assailant, Tang Yongming, was identified by police as a distraught unemployed former factory worker. Tang killed himself by jumping off the upper floor of the 13th-century Drum Tower, one of several stops scheduled as part of a group tour of the city in which the Bachmans were participating.

The Bachmans had been accompanied by their daughter, Elisabeth, 30, a former Olympic volleyball player, who is married to the U.S. men's Olympic volleyball coach, Hugh McCutcheon.

McCutcheon missed his team's first three games at the Olympics while tending to his family but returned to the sidelines for today's game against China. According to a statement from the U.S. Olympic Committee, all three of Bachman's daughters, including Elisabeth, who is also known as Wiz, returned to the United States with her.

In the release, Hugh McCutcheon praised the medical care Bachman received in China.

"We are indebted to the physicians and caregivers at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, who have done such a wonderful job providing Barbara with the medical care she needed," he said.

A statement issued by the Mayo Clinic also said Barbara Bachman received excellent care while in China. Brase said no further reports on Bachman's condition would be released until at least early next week.

Norman Draper • 612-673-4547

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