Wednesday, September 23, 2009

John Travolta Speaks About Son's Death, Disorder For First Time

In a Bahamian courtroom this morning, John Travolta said he tried desperately to save the life of his seizure-prone son and made perhaps his first public description of the boy as autistic as he testified in the trial of paramedic Tarino Lightbourne and former Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater who are accused of trying to blackmail him.

John told the court he and wife Kelly Preston were awakened by a nanny around 10:15 am on Jan. 2, the day of Jett's death. He said when he went downstairs, another caretaker was doing chest compressions and he began administering breathing help.

During the testimony he reiterated for the first time publicly, what he told Bahamian police last February, that 16-year-old Jett was autistic.

"He was autistic. He suffered from a seizure disorder," John told the jury when asked about his son's condition.

Jett suffered seizures every five to 10 days and they would last 45 seconds to a minute and he typically slept for 12 hours after each one, John said.

Prior to Jett's death, his parents refused admit he had autism, which was probably due to their Scientology beliefs, that consider the condition a fake disease created by Nazi psychiatrists.

The trial continues.

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