Elvis' daughter says religious beliefs are not to blame
Lisa Marie Presley has taken to her MySpace blog to comment on the death of 16-year-old Jett Travolta, the son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston.
An autopsy report has attributed the cause of the teenager’s death on January 2 to a seizure disorder. However, many internet reports have questioned the cause of the seizure, some speculating that it was as a result of a medical condition that went untreated.
Jett was diagnosed as a toddler with Kawasaki Syndrome, a rare disease that inflames the blood vessels and can cause seizures. Despite media accusations that he was taken off medication because of their Scientology beliefs, the Travoltas say they withdrew treatment after consulting neuro-surgeons.
Presley, a long-time Scientologist, has said that this is “not the time” to attack the religion, and that reports that Scientologists do not believe in medical care are untrue.
“Among most of the crazy made up garbage that goes around about it, it is not true that Scientologists don’t believe in medical care, medicine or medical doctors,” Presley writes. “Just like anyone else, If one is sick, they go to the doctor, If a medication will make it better then they take it. If they don’t then they are an idiot, and you can’t blame their religion.”
She added: “Whatever medical and or physical condition Jett had, I can tell you first hand that his parents were on a tireless, never ending quest to get and provide him with the absolute best care anyone could ever ask for and need, medically, physically, emotionally, medicinally and spiritually.
“Folks, as popular as it has been to discriminate and ridicule Scientology and Scientologists in the recent past, now is NOT the time.”
The family returned to the US from the Bahamas today (January 6) with the remains of their son.
–By our New York staff.