Saturday 24 February 2018

Philippine consul brings terror victims home

Norman Potot with his wife, Pearly Fernandez Potot and his two children Nathaniel Paul Potot (5) and Nailah Pearl Potot (9).
Norman Potot with his wife, Pearly Fernandez Potot and his two children Nathaniel Paul Potot (5) and Nailah Pearl Potot (9).
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

The Irish Philippine Consulate and a private ambulance company made the travel arrangements to bring home the Irish Filipino family injured in the Barcelona terrorist attack.

Norman and Pearl Potot and their two children arrived in Dublin on Wednesday night, relieved but traumatised by the terrorist atrocity that turned their family holiday into a nightmare.

The Irish Philippine Consulate in Dublin organised the Potots' return flights with Ryanair and enlisted the assistance of the private ambulance firm owned by mortgage campaigner, David Hall, to help transport the family home.

Speaking yesterday, Pearl and Norman Potot said they were relieved to be home. "We are feeling okay now that we are home. My son is recovering from his operation. We need rest," said Pearl Potot.

As yet, the only official visitors to the family since their return have been the Irish Philippine consul, Mark Christopher Congdon, who called on Friday to provide them with a wheelchair for their son.

Norman Potot suffered a fractured skull when he was mowed down on Las Ramblas by a truck driven by a Islamic terrorist. Their son, Nathaniel (5) broke his leg. Their daughter, Nailah (9), is recovering from a broken arm. Mrs Fernandez Potot was severely bruised in the attack which killed 13 people.

Sunday Independent

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