Updated: 24/08/17 : 09:26:25Printable Version
The Irish-Filipino family caught up in last week’s Barcelona terror attack have spoken of their relief at returning safely to Ireland.
Speaking to RTÉ News
on their return to Dublin last night, Norman Fernandez Potot described how he turned to see the van bearing down on his family along Las Ramblas, and how he passed out after it hit him.
Thirteen people were killed in the attack and more than 100 injured.
Mr Potot suffered a fracture to his forehead after the force of the impact threw him head first to the ground, and also sustained bruising to his kidneys.
Once he came round, he and his family were taken to a restaurant basement for safety, amid fears the attackers could be armed.
His wife Pearl remembers the police telling them to get to safety and spoke of how she could see both her children had been hurt.
The couple's son Nathaniel suffered a broken femur in the attack and their daughter Nailah a fractured arm.
The family was taken to hospital where Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia spoke with them.
Even though he is glad to be home, Mr Potot said he is still traumatised and in pain following the terrible experience.
Ms Potot said she is determined to be okay for her children, who still do not really understand what happened to them.
Her husband thanked people for all their support and asked for privacy at this time.RTÉ