There were reports that Jett Travolta,16, was last seen going into one of the bathrooms in the Travolta vacation home on Thursday evening but was not found until the next morning. Family friend and lawyer, Michael McDermott sheds light on what really happened.
Michael McDermott, who was vacationing with the family, spoke with RADAR about what happened to Jett and talked of how the Travolta’s are holding up after losing Jett. He said that John “cried all night.”
“I’m all choked up,” said McDermott. “John was red-eyed from crying all night and he said to me 10 minutes ago: ‘Be strong!’ Then John said: ‘We’re going to get through this.’ Can you imagine the courage and strength of the man?”
McDermott said he wanted to clear something up – it was believed that Jett was last seen going into the bathroom Thursday night and laid there until he was found the next morning, around 10 a.m. and that’s just not true.
“John and Kelly had everything possible set up for an emergency in Jett’s life. The nanny, Jeff Kathrein, slept 8 feet away form Jett in his room. There was a baby monitor right next to him in his bed. And a chimer attached to the bathroom door announced when Jett was going in there.”
He adds, “Short of holding his hand 24/7 they had everything in place. They loved that child with all of their hearts. All this set-up was because he was prone to seizures which could occur at any time.
“Jeff got to him within minutes of his fall we believe.
“We don’t know yet whether Jett banged his head on the toilet seat or the bathtub. But there was blood on the floor. We know he slipped and fell. He could have had a seizure. He could have had an embolism.”
McDermott explains that the 16-year-old was supervised by two nannies. At the time of the incident, John and Kelly were asleep upstairs in the condo.
“No one was negligent here. The inference that they were out enjoying themselves is just horrible. They came running when Jeff yelled out.”
With emotion evident, McDermott said, “John did everything to save his boy’s life with CPR – everything he could to revive that child. He was unsuccessful.
“To have his son die in his arms like that, for me, is unimaginable. I’m a parent. He’s so broken up. He’s not going to get over this for a long time. If ever.”
Hours later, John and Kelly sat down with their daughter, Ella Bleu, 8, and had to break the news to her, that her big brother had died.
“I can’t imagine how that went. It was the most painful thing they’ve ever had to do in their lives,” said McDermott.
That would be heartbreaking and John and Kelly, while dealing with their own grief, have to stay strong for their little girl.
It’s believed Jett will be laid to rest on Tuesday.