Olympic Skier Bode Miller Speaks For The First Time About The Day His 19 Month Old Daughter Drowned
The loss of a child is quite possibly the most devastating experience for any parent to go through. There are no words that will make it easier and nothing you can do to ease the pain for the grieving parents.
Imagine now the agony for Bode Miller and his wife Morgan who lost their precious 19 month old daughter Emeline in a drowning accident this year.
Emeline “Emmy” Miller died on June 10th after falling into a neighbour’s pool. Earlier that morning, Morgan had been watching her four kids as they swam at the Millers’ house, strapping on Emmy’s floaty before the toddler jumped in.
“She loved the water,” she said in the couple’s first interview since the accident. “She had zero fear of the water.”
Later that same day, she took the kids next door to their friend’s house, where all the kids played while the adults chatted.
“All of the sudden, it was just too quiet for me,” Morgan remembered. “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?'”
That’s when the mum noticed that the door leading to the backyard was slightly open. By the time Morgan got outside, her daughter was already floating in the pool.
Morgan immediately jumped in, pulled Emmy out, and started CPR, but it was too late. “The doctor said her brain had just not had enough oxygen for too long of a time,” Bode explained.
“I can attest from firsthand experience now that it’s unbelievable quick and unbelievable sneaky,” he said. “You’d think it’s be like some weird circumstance or some strange thing, and it’s not. It just happens in the blink of an eye.”
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We want to thank our friends, family and every one of you who sent a message, said a prayer or donated for the overwhelming expression of support – we are truly touched and blessed. Our midwives started a gofundme campaign to raise funds and we intend to donate these funds raised to worthwhile causes connected to water safety education. We are inspired to make our baby girls memory go forth and help prevent as many drownings as possible. We will post more soon on our plans and efforts.
“And it is literally—a child under 30 pounds can drown in 30 seconds,” Morgan said, “And I just keep counting to 30 in my head. That was all I needed.”
The couple have decided to speak out about this tragic event in their lives to warn other parents of the dangers kids face around water.
“And so it’s one of those things where, as a parent now, when you go to someone else’s house, survey the home to see if it’s a safe place for your child to be,” she said.
Bode broke the heartbreaking news to his followers on social media. “We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of his baby girl. “Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.”
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We are beyond devastated. Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday. Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten. Our little girl loved life and lived it to it’s fullest everyday. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.