John Travolta and Kelly Preston pled repeatedly with their son Jett to regain consciousness in the ambulance as it raced from their house to the hospital, Bahamanian EMT Chief Marcus Garvey says in an exclusive interview.
Garvey responded to the Travoltas' Bahamas vacation residence on the morning of January 2, after Jett, 16, was found unconscious in a bathroom where he had apparently fallen and hit his head.
"They were actually in the hallway [of the residence].
They already moved him out, [to] get him more set for the duration of the CPR," Garvey tells Radaronline.com.
The EMTs wanted the Travolta family to follow the ambulance, says Garvey, but the parents insisted on riding with their son.
"He [John] was holding his hand, saying"Come on baby, come on Jett," Garvey said. "They were more distraught, you know, getting him there, 'how far is the hospital? How far?, how long is it now?' And I said "We'll be there in about 5 to 7 minutes.'"
Garvey was unaware for some time that it was John Travolta he was speaking with, as the actor has his hair dyed and cut short.
"I still didn't know who I was talking to," Garvey said. "It was a shock to me."
Garvey said Jett has suffered an apparent hematoma, adding that there was not a lot of blood involved, though some was coming from his nose and mouth.
During the harrowing ride, Garvey said Travolta tapped him on the shoulder and said "Good job, good job."
Jett was pronounced dead at the hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
"We are heartbroken that our time with him was so brief. We will cherish the time we had with him for the rest of our lives," read a statement posted Sunday on Travolta's Web site. "Jett was the most wonderful son that two parents could ever ask for and lit up the lives of everyone he encountered."
The statement continued, "We have received many messages of condolence from around the world and we want to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant so much to us. It is a beautiful reminder of the inherent goodness in the human spirit that gives us hope for a brighter future."