Thornton High Grad Believed Dead, Actually Alive

Soldier in ICU while family mourned

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 6:30 AM CDT
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A soldier believed to be dead was in the hospital while his Park Forest family mourned.

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After mourning the loss of a brave soldier and a loved relative, a Park Forest family now has something to be grateful for.

Sgt. 1st Class Edgar Roberts had reportedly died from the injuries he suffered from a roadside explosion in Afghanistan. But officials have determined that Roberts is still alive and is currently in the intensive care unit of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

What caused the mix-up?

Roberts' father in Belize says Roberts' wife, Jannett, told him that the soldier had died. The father then passed along the sad news to Roberts' sisters in Park Forest, reports the Southtown Star.

For three days, the family mourned their lost relative. However, the youngest sister's friend urged the family to confirm the Thornton High School graduate's death by calling the hospital.

An officer verified that Roberts was, in fact, alive.

An Army spokesman at the Pentagon said Thursday evening he had no record of Roberts' death, according to the Southtown Star. Hospital officials would not give details on Roberts' condition but did confirm that he is alive and that his relatives were notified.

Understandably, the family has experienced overwhelming moments of pain, sorrow, disbelief, and happiness. Now, they're livid.

"How can you go ahead and tell his father he was dead?" one of Roberts' sisters told the Southtown Star. "You're going to deny him a family at a time like this?"

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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