As the flames began marching toward their flat, 22-year-old Farhad Neda carried his ailing mother down 24 flights of stairs on his back. His mother, 55-year-old Shakila Neda, has a muscular disorder that leaves her constantly weakened and all but totally disabled… Farhad knew it was up to him to save her.
“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.”
Farhad’s father, Saber, was separated from Fahrad and his mother as they sprinted through the stairwell to safety. He is still listed among the missing. His family and friends hope and pray that he is alive and continue to hold hope that he will resurface.