In June of 2018, Team USA’s Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, lost their 19-month-old daughter, Emeline, after she drowned in a neighbor’s pool. While Bode and Morgan have both spoken out briefly about the incident on social media, they’re now sitting down with “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie to explain what happened in hopes that no other parent has to experience their pain.
Morgan said it was a “normal day” for their family; they’d attended a friend’s birthday party when Morgan decided to take their three youngest children to a neighbor’s house to play while Bode took their eldest daughter, Neesyn, to her softball game.
Morgan says she was talking with the other adults while the kids played in the room next door when suddenly, things felt, “too quiet” for Morgan.
“We were mid-conversation, and I just stood up, and I turned, and I walked right to where the boys were, and I said, ‘Where’s Emmy?’ And before Nate could respond, I turned around the door that leads to the backyard — that was closed — had this tiny sliver of light coming through the side.”
Morgan went outside to discover Emmy floating in the pool.
“My heart sank, and I opened the door, and she was floating in the pool. And I ran, and I jumped in.”
Emmy was rushed to the hospital where doctors initially thought she had a chance at survival— but the next day, she passed away.
Morgan says she’s prayed every day for the chance to go back and re-do that day. “Guilt is the most difficult thing,” she said. “I hope and pray and beg that it gets easier.”
Bode and Morgan are currently expecting their fifth child together, which they’d announced just a few months before Emmy’s death.
“That was my first concern, besides the fact of never being able to see my daughter again,” Morgan told Savannah. “How am I supposed to bring a new baby into this world with just losing my baby? Emmy was so excited to be a big sister… Now we have the opportunity to love that baby not only for ourselves but for Emmy.”
“She brought so much to our lives.”
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 30, 2018
Shortly after Emmy’s passing, Morgan shared a statistic about drowning on her Instagram page along with a photo of their late daughter: “Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4. We talk about vaccinations, car seats, organic foods, screen time, etc at length…but not the number one risk your children’s’ lives face…a silent killer. It takes SECONDS.”
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It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl. I pray to God no other parent feels this pain. My heart is with you @nicolehughes8 as we walk this journey together. And thank you @scarymommy for helping us spread awareness. PLEASE READ! Link in bio! Drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death in children ages 1-4. We talk about vaccinations, car seats, organic foods, screen time, etc at length…but not the number one risk your childrens’ lives face…a silent killer. It takes SECONDS. Please share and help us spread awareness. It’s the first step to preventing these types of tragedies. #drowning #drowningprevention #truthaboutdrowning