UNDATED: In this handout from Rogers and Cowan, Jett Travolta (L) is seen with his father, actor John Travolta, in this undated picture. Jett Travolta, 16, was reportedly found dead on January 1, at a family home at the Old Bahama Bay resort on Grand Bahama Island during a family. (Photo by Rogers and Cowan via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Travolta;Jett Travolta (Getty Images)more pics »John Travolta
gave an emotional account to a jury in the Bahamas of how he tried to save his 16-year-old son after he suffered a major seizure before he died on January 2, 2009. The actor also spoke at the courthouse in Nassau about the paramedic and lawyer accused of trying to blackmail him for $25 million over a document denying medical attention for his dying son. Travolta told the court: I was awakened by my son’s nanny pounding on the door saying Jett was unconscious. I ran downstairs to help my son with my wife. I saw him on the bathroom floor. His other nanny Jeff Kathrein and a woman employee were doing CPR. I took the place of the woman. Jeff was doing compressions and I was doing breathing. I asked if an ambulance had been called and I was told, ‘Yes.’
Travolta, whose wife Kelly Preston
watched from the gallery, said a defibrillator was used until paramedics arrived about 40 minutes later and Jett was then put on a gurney. He said: "I spoke with the ambulance driver and asked him if he would take us to the airport." Jett Travolta died of a seizure earlier this year. (Getty Images)
It had previously been claimed in court that Travolta refused medical aid for Jett and wanted him to flown back to the US for treatment. Eventually a paramedic at the scene asked a senior police officer to witness the signing of a "refusal of medical attention" form, which was signed by the Pulp Fiction
star. When the judge asked Travolta if he read the document before signing, the actor said he did not. He added: "Because time was of the essence."
Travolta confirmed he had wanted Jett flown to a Florida hospital but it was not made clear why the plans were changed and Jett was taken to the island’s Rand Memorial hospital instead of the airport, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Travolta also revealed Jett suffered from autism, the first time he had publicly confirmed his son’s condition. He told the court: "My son was autistic and he suffered from seizure disorder every 5 to 10 days. He would suffer a seizure that would last 45 seconds to a minute and sleep for 12 hours."
Paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and his attorney Pleasant Bridgewater are jointly accused of attempting to extort and conspiring to extort by means of threats, charges they both deny.
The trial continues.
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