Disabled Mom Trapped During London Tower Fire, Son Struck With Decision He Must Take
HeartEternal Staff 6/22/2017
Every day we hear of heartbreaking and oftentimes horrifying accidents, assaults and attacks occurring around the world. On June 14, 2017, the Grenfell Tower in London was consumed by flames. People watched on TV and their smartphones in horror as fire licked up the building, quickly destroying it and trapping many people inside who couldn't escape.
One resident threw her infant wrapped in a sheet out the window in the hopes a stranger below would catch the baby and save it. Another person witnessed a child on fire leaping from a window trying to save himself. It was a sickening sight to see.
But it wasn't just the Grenfell Tower's residents who suffered. During the London Tower fire, 55-year-old Shakila "Flora" Neda found herself trapped within her own home.
Unable to escape because of a muscular disorder, her son knew there were 24 flights of stairs between them and safety. Her son then had to make a life-altering decision.
There was no way 22-year-old Farhad "Shekeb" Neda was leaving his disabled mother behind to perish. So he did what many people can't believe he physically could do. In the height of an emergency, people are able to do incredible things, like panicked mothers lifting cars off their kids.
Farhad knew the flames were approaching their flat, so he loaded his mother on his back and headed down 24 flights of stairs with her clinging to his neck as best she could. It was the only thing he could do, relative Fahim Muzhary said.
"Shekeb needed to get her out quickly. He took her arms, put them around his neck and carried her over his back down all 24 floors. He sprinted with her down the stairs the whole way. I just don't know how he did it. He must have summoned the strength somehow in the moment. With all the smoke and the flames, it really is unbelievable."
Sadly, Farhad's father Saber became separated from Fahrad and his mother as they all attempted to flee the fire. The family has yet to find him, but pray that he is alive and possibly in a hospital or somewhere safe.
Farhad and his mother did not escape without injury, however. Both are in intensive care at the hospital, recovering from extensive burns and smoke inhalation. The world continues to pray for everyone who fell victim to this tragic fire.
Sources: Mirror FB Image Credit: Facebook/Farhad Neda, Facebook/Help Toward Grenfell Tower Victims