Pharmacist helps save Australian in Barcelona


Las Ramblas street scene
Las Ramblas.

A pharmacist has emerged as one of the heroes of the Barcelona terror attack

Fouad Bakkali helped keep passers-by safe and treated the mother of seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who was among 13 killed when terrorists drove a van into crowds at Las Ramblas. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.

According to the UK’s Express and news.com.au, the Moroccan-born pharmacist was working behind the counter at the Las Ramblas pharmacy when he heard a crash outside and people began running into the store.

A seriously injured Jumarie Cadman was brought into the pharmacy by a policeman, and Mr Bakkali told reporters that she appeared to have two broken legs, a back injury and head injury.

Mr Bakkali helped comfort Ms Cadman who asked him repeatedly about the whereabouts of her son.

Fouad Bakkali
Fouad Bakkali. Image: Twitter

“I was at her side helping her, telling her, ‘Be calm, don’t worry’. She was asking all the time about her little boy,” he told the Express. “She asked me ‘Where is my son’. She told me he was seven years old.

“I told her, ‘He is good, it will be OK’.’’

Mr Bakkali covered Ms Cadman with his pharmacist’s tunic and administered first aid until medical assistance arrived.

“I helped to keep her breathing until the doctors came,” he said.

He also pulled down the store’s roller doors, locking the shop for the safety of around 50 people who had sought refuge there, he told News media.

Ms Cadman is now being treated in a local hospital.

Mr Bakkali is one of several pharmacists to offer immediate assistance following terrorist attacks or disasters of late.

In May, Manchester pharmacist Khalid Ahmed went to the aid of injured people at Manchester Arena following the attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

And in June, local pharmacists rushed to help people made homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

Pharmacists who are distressed can contact the Pharmacists’ Support Service on 1300 244 910.

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