The pain of losing his eldest child is still fresh in Travolta's mind despite it being over a decade since he lost Jett.
John Travolta and his family have been no strangers to grief. In July this year, Travolta lost his beloved wife and the mother of his children, Kelly Preston, to breast cancer. However, more than ten years ago, the couple faced an unbearable loss when their 16-year-old Jett died in January 2009. Travolta and his wife were asleep when their son was in his dying moments, according to E!Online. "He was pounding on the door upstairs where we were sleeping. I ran downstairs with my wife to help my son," he said adding that their son's nanny had informed them of his deteriorating condition.
Recalling the painful moment, Travolta said that one of the boy's caretakers was performing chest compressions when he got there. As soon as he arrived, Travolta took over the chest compressions with help from the nanny. "Jeff, the other nanny, was doing some compressions," said the Grease actor. "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." Despite their best efforts, Jett could not be saved. "He was autistic," revealed Travolta. "He suffered from a seizure disorder."
The teen reportedly suffered seizures every five to ten days and each of these seizures lasted around 45 seconds. To recuperate from the seizures, Jett would sleep for 12 hours after each one. But the pain of losing the first child had broken Travolta. Tarino Lightbourn, a paramedic who rushed the teen to the hospital, witnessed the heartbreaking moment when the actor was told there was nothing that could be done to save Jett. "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." recalled Lightbourn reports iol.
"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,'" he continued. The paramedic found a heartbroken Travolta after arriving at the family's holiday home. "He was crying, his eyes were red. I remember him looking up at the ceiling and saying, 'God, please help me,'" said Lightbourn. Shortly after the 16-year-old arrived at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, he was pronounced dead. Even though it's been years, Travolta hasn't been able to let go of the grief. "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," Travolta told US Weekly.
After Jett's death, the 66-year-old shared a sweet tribute for his late son. 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 devastated actor on Facebook, according to the Mirror. 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.
For both Kelly and Travolta, Jett meant the world. "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," he said according to PEOPLE. Now, he is left dealing with the loss of Kelly, too.