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John Travolta's Last Words to Jett

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The ambulance driver opens up about what happened on that tragic ride to the hospital and an official cause of death is determined.

John and Jett Travolta

New details are emerging about what happened inside the ambulance that rushed Jett to the hospital January 2. Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourn, the first paramedic on the scene, tells Inside Edition that John Travolta said, "Jett, come on, come around!" A weeping Kelly Preston took her son's lifeless hand, saying, "Come on, baby, come on, Jett!"

Lightbourn says he could hear John Travolta say, "God, please help me," and Preston asked, "Do you think he'll be okay?"

Lightbourn says he witnessed John Travolta's last words to his son: "I love you Jett and I'm sorry."

Meanwhile, the Bahamanian Ministry of Health confirmed Monday that the autopsy for John Travolta's son was complete, but It could be weeks before doctors know for sure what killed him, says the American pathologist who performed the autopsy on Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel, when he died in the Bahamas in 2007. A death certificate at the funeral home where Jett's body was taken lists "seizure" as the cause of death, although final autopsy results are weeks away.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, while not involved in 16-year-old Jett Travolta's autopsy, which was completed Monday in the Bahamas, says he expects the two pathologists performing the autopsy to come up with one of three findings.

"If it's a traumatic death of a definitive nature, they will know that today," Wecht tells FOX News, referring to reports that Jett Travolta hit his head in a fall in a bathroom in the family's vacation home.

"But a hematoma doesn't kill you," he says, referring to the visible knot on someone's head resulting from blunt trauma. "But if the hematoma is associated with a fracture or hemorrhage inside the skull, called a subdural hematoma, that could lead to traumatic death."

Dr. Wecht would be surprised, however, if a fall in a bathroom is ruled the cause of death.

"Usually a fall to the floor does not result in death," he said. "There is usually not enough velocity from a fall of that short a distance."

The Travoltas have said that Jett suffered from Kawasaki Disease, so "they'll be examining that as well," says Wecht. "It has a very low death rate, but it can cause sudden death by aneurysm."

If both a subdural hematoma and a Kawasaki-related event are ruled out, Jett's history of convulsive seizures could be considered.

"But if it's a convulsive seizure disorder, they won't find anything," Wecht says. "There is nothing of significance to find, anatomically speaking. The only way you can make that diagnosis is if you rule out everything else, including drugs in a toxicology report. If that is the case, that could take a couple of weeks."

Wecht performed his autopsy on Daniel Smith alongside the Bahamanian coroner, and co-signed his report. He says co-signing the report is customary unless the independent coroner submits his own as a matter of course, or if the two differ on the cause of death.

"The local pathologist takes the lead because it's his territory," Wecht says. "The only reason you have to [file your own] is if there are some areas, or an area on which you disagree."

Bahamian Minister of Health Hubert Minnis declined to offer coment on any of the autopsy results Monday.

Reports have emerged suggesting that the Travolta family may intend to keep the autopsy results private.

"If there is no evidence of criminality, and if police have no questions or suspicions, and there are no drugs are involved, the family has the right to keep the autopsy private," Wecht says.

"If it proves to be a natural death, albeit a most tragic one, then they will be able to keep the autopsy results from the public."

Our thoughts are with the family in this difficult time.


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Jan Tallent January 5, 2009, 4:55 PM

This is so sad but in a way I feel more so because OF his Dad’s being so famous and his family not being allowed the chance to grieve as privately as the rest of us can when tragedy hits.

My thoughts and prayers are with this family, not because of who they are but because this is the worst nightmare of ANY parent.

Now that I have two grand children and one more on the way I get to have the sleepless nights worrying about them that I had with my own three kids while they were growing up.

Sherry January 5, 2009, 5:47 PM

Honestly, if all those final words are true, that ambulance driver should be fired for making such a personal and tragic moment public. Whatever anguish John Travolta and Kelly Preston were expressing should have remained private.

Kirstie January 5, 2009, 8:12 PM

Shame on Lightbourn - those last moments and last words are NO ONE’S business but that family’s.

deborah January 6, 2009, 12:27 AM

Asa parent who has lost 2 children one right after birth due to complications during pregnancy and the other when she was 6 months old from SID’s my heart goes out to this family .Why is it that just because John is a celebrity he is not allowed to grieve in peace .I am so very sorry and would ask that this poor family be allowed to grieve in peace .The ambulan should be fice driver should be fired for such a heartless and inhuuman act of devulging such private info as human beings let this family know that we care but stay out of thier faces and give them time to grieve as we all should at such an awful time let them be human too for gods sake .The ambulance driver should be fired for devulging such private and personal info all for the sake of having a few seconds of fame if that is what they want to call it .How heartless can people be I hope and pray it never happens to him Mo him pens t

Trudy Wager January 6, 2009, 7:17 AM

The family needs time to themselves, this is no time too be saying anything but we’re all so sorry , it’s their child.
We lost a grown child of 25 to cancer, and no matter how you lose them, your life is never the same again…please leave them to grieve…Trudy

Sheila  January 6, 2009, 7:55 AM

He is beautiful! I am so sorry for you loss. Deepest Sympathy,
The McGoldrick Family

Lyndad4kids January 6, 2009, 9:28 AM

This is all so very sad. I have 4 children and I just can’t imagine…I think it should be noted that had this been another public figure’s child - say Sarah Palin or Britney Spear’s - the upbringing and ultimate demise of this child would be under much harsher scrutiny. Frequently, autism and seizures go hand in hand. They can hide behind their religion and the “kawasaki syndrome” all they want. This child’s death could have been prevented with the proper medical care for his autism and his seizures.

The king Family[barnados] January 6, 2009, 10:36 AM

Our deepest sypathy to you and the family our prayers are with you.God will keep you in this time of grieving.

klcmaher January 6, 2009, 10:47 AM

Why is everyone so quick to judge? That is God’s job. He put us here to look out for each other, and we should be supportive and understanding. John and Kelly, you are loved and adored by many many people, our sympathy goes out to you. Being in the limelight of fame always brings out the negative, and you must just ignore them and do what you believe is right. God judges us for what we do, not for what others say about us.

klcmaher January 6, 2009, 10:48 AM

Why is everyone so quick to judge? That is God’s job. He put us here to look out for each other, and we should be supportive and understanding. John and Kelly, you are loved and adored by many many people, our sympathy goes out to you. Being in the limelight of fame always brings out the negative, and you must just ignore them and do what you believe is right. God judges us for what we do, not for what others say about us.

Gene January 6, 2009, 10:49 AM

Why are people (and the press) always so quick to jump to conclusions and create a “story”, whether it be this tragedy or another? Opinions are only valid when ALL of the facts are known. No one at this post will ever know all of the facts. Please stop putting your own spin on a situation you know nothing about. Grant privacy, say a prayer, and put your sympathy for this family to work by paying it forward in your own lives.

the culbertsons January 6, 2009, 10:53 AM

Our hearts hurt for this family, the mother,father and little sister we hope that the hurting pain in their hearts will turn into more of a peace one day. What a great honor to have had such a great kid.

The Andersons January 6, 2009, 11:22 AM

We would just like to extend our sympathy to the family. Our prayers are with you. You deserve your privacy at this horrible time.
I do hope they fire the ambulance driver for what he had to tell. He crossed the line when he did that.
Our hearts go out to the family.

S.Boden January 6, 2009, 12:13 PM

I am so sorry for the Travolta’s loss of their son.God will get them through this and the press needs to let them grieve.

Yvette January 6, 2009, 12:20 PM

I was shocked to hear this story and even more shocked to hear that the ambulence driver divulged such personal information!!! John Travolta has been a celebrity for a lifetime and he and Kelly feel like family!!! Those pictures of John with his son a day before his death are so touching. To see the image of Jett (who looks so much like John) kissing the top of John’s head, what a moment!!! I cannot even imagine the pain that this family is going through and will go through for the rest of their lives. You can tell that they were loving parents to this child and for anyone to suggest that Jett didn’t get the medical treatment needed for Autism is just an unforgivable statement!!! These parents, regardless of their celebrity status, will agonize over what they could’ve/should’ve done. No one needs to suggest that the Travolta’s are in any way to blame for their precious sons’ untimely death. Losing a child at such a young age, while on a family vacation, is a cross to bear that I do not wish on anyone. They will forever be changed and not a day will go by that they won’t miss their precious gift from God.

rosalie mondacci January 6, 2009, 12:58 PM

jett is as handsome as his two adoring parents. we come from north jersey around where john used to stopfor lunch. my son rick who is now 43 has always resembled John. People would stop me and ask”has anyone told you your son looks like John Travolta? I would say thank you and Yes we got that all the time now that Rick is in his 40’s he still looks like John. we are praying for PEACE FOR ALL OF YOU. Rosalie Mondacci BEACH HAVEN PARK, NEW JERSEY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

Ms Kemper Fortson January 6, 2009, 1:20 PM

Dear John and Kelly,according to what you believe in,look for Jett in Gods most beatiful creations and you will see him,and hold each other close and just dance.

christine ochoa January 6, 2009, 2:08 PM

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to John, Kelly and their daughter. You must think he is no longer in any pain, he is as you last saw him healthy and full of life. One day you’s will be reunited again, until then you and Kelly must be strong for your daughter now. God Blees you and your family keep you strong and to watch over you,Jett will be watching over all three of you’s take care from a fan, and mom christine & family

twingirlzx2 January 6, 2009, 3:15 PM

to: Lyndad4kids- Unless you are a Doctor you should keep your medical advice to yourself, even with proper medical care and treatment seizures can lead to death. The autopsy results are NOT even out. Who are you to say that they are hiding behind anything. They have every right to grieve in peace, and in the manner as they wish. They are people just like us (and parents like many of us)…famous or not.

Dear John, Kelly, and Family,
My deepest condolences and sympathy go out to all of you during this difficult time in your life. May God be with you and watch over you and your family. May you rest in peace Jett.
God Bless,
twingirlzx2

proud army mom January 6, 2009, 4:19 PM

The Travolta Family. Our prayers are with you all during this time of loss. You have been fixtures in our lives for so very long. Even though we can’t feel your pain we greive with you. As parents it is the greatest fear. May your family have your time to mourn your precious angel in private. God needed a pure sweet Angel and he found that in your little boy. He will forever be in your hearts. We will forever pray for your family. God Bless you all.
mom of 5/army mom of 2


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