United States Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, a professional beach volleyball player, had the nightmare of their lives nearly five weeks ago.
Bode and Morgan lost their 19-month-old daughter, Emeline, to a drowning accident at a neighbor's home in Coto de Caza, California in June.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. the devastated parents found their daughter in the pool. Immediately they started CPR while someone called 9-1-1. Paramedics took over when they arrived, and she was taken to Mission Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
“They were at a neighbor’s house, talking to the neighbors inside, and somehow the little girl made her way to the backyard pool," Orange County Fire Authority Captain Steve Concialdi said while adding that Bode "was not in the area at the time."
“She was only missing for just a short amount of time, and Mom turned and was looking for her and didn’t see her right next to her,” Concialdi continued.
“Mom went straight to the backyard to where the pool was. The child was in the pool. The mom pulled out the little girl, and they started CPR immediately," he said.
Morgan speaks out about the loss of their precious baby:
“It’s been 37 days since I’ve held my baby girl,” the broken-hearted mother wrote on Instagram.
“My heart is with you [Nicole Hughes] as we walk this journey together. And thank you [Scary Mommy] for helping us spread awareness,” she wrote, while adding that drowning is the number one cause of death in children between the ages of one and four.
"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," she wrote.
Bode and Morgan are parents to a 3-year-old son, and are expecting another child in October. The couple also has two other children from a previous marriage, a 5-year-old son, and a 10-year-old daughter.
Will you join us in praying for these parents as they continue to grieve their loss?