MUM MISSSES HER JULIAN ‘EVERY HOUR’
WHEN Sydney mum Jumarie Cadman arrived home after her world was torn apart in the devastation of the Barcelona terror attacks, she couldn’t even get through the front door.
Three times, Ms Cadman tried to get into her Lalor Park home, but the absence of her seven-year-old son Julian, who was killed in the barbaric August assault, was too stark.
“My husband had to take me back to hospital twice and I finally managed it the third time. The hardest was going into Julian’s playroom, his bedroom; I managed with the help of the hospital’s social worker,” she said.
Ms Cadman, 43, has opened up about the August 17 attack for the first time, telling of her anguish over the loss of her only child in an assault that left her with devastating injuries.
“I don’t sleep, I miss him every hour. I loved being a mum, but it’s all gone,” Ms Cadman said.
She and her son were in Barcelona to attend her niece’s wedding for which Julian was to be page boy, while Julian’s dad Andrew, 42, stayed at home.
The pair were on Las Ramblas when Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, smashed into the crowds in a van. He killed 13 people and injured 130 more before fleeing, shot dead by authorities five days later.
“Julian was a blessing, who brought so much joy. I just want Julian back, I don’t know why I survived and he didn’t,” the wheelchairbound Ms Cadman said through tears.
Ms Cadman had extensive surgery to fix her shattered legs and pelvis in Barcelona, returning to Sydney in September and transferring to Westmead Hospital. But she will walk again.
Julian Cadman, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attacks and (below) with mother Jumarie.