It's been over a decade since Jett Travolta left us, but the pain is still real for John Travolta and his wife.
Hollywood star John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston experienced unbearable loss when 16-year-old son, Jett died in January 2009. E!Online revealed that Travolta and his wife were asleep when their son was taking his last breath, and they were informed of their son's condition by his nanny. "He was pounding on the door upstairs where we were sleeping. I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," Travolta recalled, adding that when he got to him, one of the boy's caretakers was already performing chest compressions. Travolta then jumped in and took over chest compressions with help from the nanny. "Jeff, the other nanny, was doing some compressions," he said.
"I was doing the breathing. I took the place of the woman who was doing CPR. She was an employee of Old Bahama Bay who I recognized as such." Sadly, nothing could save Jett. "He was autistic," Travolta said. "He suffered from a seizure disorder." Jett reportedly suffered seizures every five to 10 days and that each seizure lasted around 45 seconds. He'd also sleep for 12 hours after a seizure. Tarino Lightbourn, a paramedic who rushed the 16-year-old to the hospital witnessed in person how it broke Travolta when he was informed that there was nothing they could do to revive their son. Lightbourn said, "John went behind the hospital curtain, tears in his eyes. I could see the sorrow. I could see the love in his eyes for his son," according to iol.
He continued, "When he was hugging his son he said, 'I'm sorry, Jett.' I think he meant, 'I'm sorry Jett, I did all I could do.'" The paramedic said that he arrived at the family's holiday home to find a heartbroken Travolta. "He was crying, his eyes were red. I remember him looking up at the ceiling and saying, 'God, please help me,'" recalled Lightbourn. Jett was pronounced dead shortly after he arrived at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama. It has been over a decade since the tragic death of Jett Travolta, but it's not something the parents can let go of easily. Speaking to US Weekly, he said, "It’s the worst thing that’s ever happened in my life. The truth is, I didn’t know if I was going to make it."
The devastated actor shared a heartwarming tribute to Jett, nearly 6 years after his passing. "They say the hardest thing in the world is losing a parent. I can now say that it isn't true. The hardest thing in the world is losing a child. Someone you raised and watched grow every day. Someone you taught how to walk and talk. Someone you showed how to love. It's the worst thing to ever happen to anyone," wrote the actor on Facebook, according to Mirror. He continued, "He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. Those 16 years of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. Because life is very short."
Jett meant the world to Travolta and Kelly and for them, the world revolved around him. "I can’t imagine what life would be like without Jett. After he was born and cleaned up, I held him for hours while Kelly slept. When they came to take him away for various tests, I said, ‘No, you can’t see him today. You’ll have to do it another day.’ I went a little nutsy," according to People. Jett's death was immensely tough for the family. It's a given that nothing can really fill the void in their life, with Jett not being in the picture, but hopefully, the couple's other children — daughter Ella Bleu (born 2000), and son, Benjamin (born 2010), have brought the devastated parents a little solace.