On June 10, 2018, U.S. Olympic Skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, lost their 19-month-old daughter Emmy after she drowned in a nearby pool.
“We are beyond devastated,” Miller wrote on his Instagram page on Monday (June 11) alongside pictures of his dear daughter. “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 every day. Our family respectfully requests privacy during this painful time.”
Over a month after the tragedy, Bode Miller’s wife, Morgan, spoke out on her own Instagram in a heartbreaking post. “It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl. I pray to God no other parent feels this pain.”
She went on to share a shocking statistic: “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.”
Morgan shared a link to a story of a fellow mother, Nicole Hughes, who lost her son, Levi, at age three in a drowning accident, also on June 10. In the story, Nicole says:
“The harsh reality is that Levi’s death rests on me. These are the hardest words I will ever have to admit, but the truth is that I failed my son, failed to keep him safe. Yes, this accident happened in moments. But, the fact that I have to live with for the rest of my life is that losing Levi was preventable. I am not trying to push blame off of my shoulders. But, I sure wish I had known these statistics before June 10.”
You can read Nicole’s article here. Our thoughts are with both families at this time.
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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.
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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