Bode Miller and his wife Morgan Beck Miller have a powerful warning for all parents after the tragic death of their 19-month-old daughter Emeline.
In an emotional interview on NBC’s Today show that aired Monday morning, former Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, spoke publicly for the first time about the drowning of their 19-month-old daughter.
The couple said they are speaking out about the death of their youngest child, Emeline “Emmy” Miller, to raise awareness for other parents and prevent other accidental deaths.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different,” Morgan Miller said on the Today show. “But now we have this opportunity to make other parents’ days different.”
Emmy Miller died June 10 after falling into a neighbor’s pool on what Morgan said had started out as a completely normal day. She had walked with her kids to the neighbor’s house that morning and was drinking tea while they played nearby. Then she noticed that it was a bit too quiet.
“We’re in mid-conversation and I stood up. And I turned and I went right to where the boys were and I said, ‘Where’s Emmy?'” Morgan Miller recalled. “I turned around and the door that leads to the back yard, that was closed, had this tiny sliver of light coming through the side.
“My heart sank, and I opened the door and she was floating in the pool. And I ran and I jumped in.”
Bode and Morgan Miller described their youngest daughter as “such a bright light” with a determined personality, and stressed in the interview how unbelievably quickly a normal day can go horribly wrong.
They said they have since learned that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children between 1 and 4 years old, and urged parents to be “hyper-aware.”
“It’s the number-one way that you could potentially lose your kid. And if it’s number one for me, I want to know about it,” Bode Miller said.
“I think it does in some way help to heal a little bit, that maybe we’re preventing it from happening to somebody else.”