Sent to their deaths: Only survivor from 23rd floor of Grenfell Tower claims at least 35 people were told to climb to the top floor to wait for helicopter rescue - and they ALL died

Mail Online | 9/13/2017 | Rory Tingle For Mailonline
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A man who carried his disabled mother to safety from the top floor of Grenfell Tower has claimed '35 or 40' people came up thinking they would be rescued by a helicopter but all died.

Farhad Neda and his mother Flora, 55, were the only survivors from the 23rd floor after the pair raced through smoky corridors strewn with bodies to safety.

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Mr Neda said many residents came up to their floor during the blaze, claiming they had been ordered to do so by firefighters to prepare for a helicopter rescue.

The London Fire Brigade insists it does not use helicopters to conduct rescues during high-rise tower fires.

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Mr Neda was widely praised for his heroic actions during the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

His mother had collapsed after inhaling fumes as the blaze surged upwards engulfing the block of flats.

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The engineering graduate wasted no time and gripped his mother by the arm, threw her over his shoulder and completed the gruelling 240ft descent to safety.

After fleeing the building down the smoke-filled stairwell, both Mrs Neda and her son lapsed into a coma in hospital.

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Tragically, Farhad's father, Saber, 57, a taxi driver, died after remaining on the top floor.

Mr Neda, 24, believes his father, who jumped from the building, stayed behind to help other neighbours.

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He told Channel 4 News that as he trampled over bodies in the stairwell to escape he said to his mother, 'It's just the fire brigade's hoses that we're stepping on'.

They gulped fresh air from a 'two or three foot high air pocket underneath the smoke' as they made their way down to stay alive – something he describes as a 'miracle'.

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After waking from an induced coma he discharged himself from hospital to find his missing father.

But he was told the 57-year-old taxi driver had died in the fire and that...
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