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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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lyndad4kids January 6, 2009, 4:59 PM

If I am driving down the road in a car with a young child who is not properly strapped into her carseat and I get into an accident and my child dies, that is tragic. I am ruined for the rest of my life but at the same time I am partially to blame for not strapping that child in properly. I loved that child. If I have a child with a seizure disorder who is having at least one seizure a week and I leave him alone without medication and/or a call for help button and with a “nanny” and he dies, then yes, I am partially to blame. This is a tragedy all around. When Anna Nicole’s son died last year, how much sympathy did the media have for Anna Nicole? The loss of a child is tragic no matter who you are. Public figures should be treated equally.

Lisa January 6, 2009, 5:37 PM

“”The will of god would NOT take him where the grace of god will not protect him”“

mildred January 6, 2009, 6:14 PM

I am so sorry about your son. He was so much like his father. I remember John Travolta from his “Sweathog Days.” I always thought he was very handsome. God Bless your family and Heaven Smile Upon You.

John DeGraw January 6, 2009, 8:08 PM

Mr. & Mrs. Travolta: My thoughts & prayers are with both of you & your family. I know how you both feel. I lost my oldest daughter in a car accident in 1984. She was only 8 years old. I pray that God will show his love & grace to you and your family. This may seem out of the ordinary as I’m sure you will have plenty of support, however I would like to offer you my help however I can. You can email me & I will give you my number in case you would like to talk about anything, especially your dear son. I know I’m a nobody, but I do know how losing a child feels. You never get over the loss & the pain never goes away, but time does have a way to make the pain more bearable. Again, I’m very sorry for your loss.

Jackie January 6, 2009, 8:39 PM

I am so very sorry and sad that you have lost one of the greatest loves of your life. Be strong for your little girl. Thats what your son would want.

M Miller January 6, 2009, 8:57 PM

My heart felt prayers go to the family. There is no loss like the loss of a child. May they remember the good times and memories of their son. I know our Lord Jesus will help them thru this sad time.

blueize January 6, 2009, 9:03 PM

The headline of this story reads: “John Travolta’s Last Words to Jett” and then reads “The ambulance driver opens up about what happened on that tragic ride to the hospital”. You had to click on the headline to read the story. I have a question for everyone who said the ambulance driver should be fired. Why did you click on the headline to read what the ambulance driver said if you felt he was wrong to say anything? You obviously were interested in what he had to say. If you felt he shouldn’t have said anything, you should have skipped the story.

Barbara Phiri January 7, 2009, 6:16 AM

It is sad to lose a child who is almost becoming a man, but the first thing we should remember is that everything happens for a reason and that reason we dont understand, only God understand his creation, lets put our hands together and thank God for every situation that we are in all the time. Mr. John and family i will put you in prayers.God be with you.

Barbara Phiri January 7, 2009, 6:45 AM

Sending my deepest sympathy to the Travolta family, may the Lord God be with you at this sadest moment.
Barbara from Zambia.

RetroChik January 7, 2009, 10:03 AM

Lyndad4kids, do you know for a fact what the circumstances were when Jett passed away, or do you only know what you’ve heard from the media? You cannot say John is in any way at fault unless you know the facts first hand. You have to have the facts before casting any stones…

kathleen robinson January 10, 2009, 12:02 AM

sorry to hear about the loss of your child, your family is in my prayers, with god in the picture, you will have the strength to go on with your life and keep in your mind that one day that you will all will be reunite with your loving son, god bless you all

debi January 13, 2009, 3:01 AM

I pray that god continues to give them strength through this difficult time. I apologize to the Travolta family, for all the ignorant people making negative comments. When looking at the pictures of Jett, the love you had for one another was the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. Jett will always live on within you, and cherish all the days of his life. God be with you all, you are so loved by so many fans, I only wish i could take your pain away.

Anonymous January 24, 2009, 3:57 AM

Dear John and Kelly our sympathy goes to the loss of your son. I don’t know if this will help but when I was to deliver my first son there were so many complications that he was blue at delivey and my doctor said he wasn’t going to make it. My husband had to make a choice between saving me or our unborn son. I prayed to GOD to let him live and take me in his place. My doctor said these words to me “You can’t lose what isn’t yours, he said GOD loaned him to you, the child is still in GODS hands and if he survives he will still be in God hands”. My son did survive but lives with complications to this day. I blamed myself for the complications, as I think John meant when he said to his son Jeff that he was sorry meaning his illness. I blamed myself for the complications but my doctor said it was a act of God. My son will be 35 in a few months and I pray he will live into a ripe old age and survive the complications. He can’t have children but still lives his life to the fullest. He has a wife with 2 step children who love him dearly. I have sleepless nights worrying that he works too hard or worst. My doctor said we had 3 mircle babies and were lucky enough for them to survive and live normal lives. Our fourth child did not make it. We love our chilren but we can’t always protect them. We can be there for them in their time of need and let GOD do the rest. I hope in some way this will help ease the pain in the mouring of your son. He’s in GODS hands. He is saying mommy and daddy don’t cry I am alright now, I’m not in any pain anymore. Please forgive me for such a long condolence.

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