'I'm Losing Him!'

Paramedic tells of Travolta's desperate moments trying to save dying son
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 4, 2009 6:36 AM CST
John Travolta rides a cart with his son, Jett, on holiday in Ireland in 2004.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – "Help me, help me, I'm losing him!" John Travolta pleaded with a paramedic who discovered the actor pumping the chest of his dying 16-year-old son at a Bahamas resort. As he struggled to save the boy, lying unconscious on the floor of his bathroom, the actor was anguished but focused, the technician told the New York Daily News.

The exact cause of Jett Travolta's death remained a mystery, though officials believe he hit his head during a seizure. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow in Florida. The family has been devastated by the death. "He was the light of our lives," his grandmother told Us. The Travoltas had repeatedly denied reports that their son was autistic and said he suffered from Kawasaki disease. The teen was under almost non-stop surveillance by two nannies and a baby monitor.