Two months on from her daughter’s tragic death, Morgan Miller has shared a heartbreaking photo in the hopes other parents won’t have to go through the same traumatic experience.
Morgan, who is married to America’s most successful Winter Olympian Bode Miller, shared a photo of her cradling her 19-month-old daughter Emeline Grier in her arms as she received oxygen.
The couple’s daughter passed away in June after making her way into a neighbour’s backyard and drowning in their Southern California swimming pool.
Although paramedics initially believed Emeline would survive the ordeal, they were unable to revive her.
“I wish I could have one more day to hold you,” Morgan wrote on Instagram yesterday.
“But until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love,” she added.
“I told you as I held you in this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains… your footprint will be forever left on this world. I love you, my baby girl.”
I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love. I told you as I held you in this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains. Every step we take forward is because of you and Levi. Your footprint will forever be left on this world. I love you, My baby girl.
Since Emeline passed away, Morgan, who is expecting a son in October, has made it her mission to warn other parents about the dangers of drowning on social media.
Morgan has also been honouring three-year-old boy Levi Hughes, who drowned on the day Emeline died.
In another recent Instagram post, Morgan warned other parents to be vigilant about keeping an eye on their children around water.
“Always be aware of water and place as many barriers between your child and those bodies of water as possible (locks, door alarms, pool fences),” she wrote. “None of us are immune to this devastatingly life changing statistic.”
I often find myself wanting to reach into videos and pictures and just pull you out. Searching for ways to bring you back so our family is whole again. So our hearts are whole again. We miss you so much, my love. …….. Parents, Grandparents, Siblings, Aunts and Uncles, EVERYONE….Please don’t rely on the visual stimulant of water to create your awareness/sense of urgency. Understand that almost 70% of drownings occur when your children are not expected to be near the water. When you think they are in the playroom or on the sofa watching tv. Always be aware of water and place as many barriers between your child and those bodies of water as possible (locks, door alarms, pool fences). None of us are immune to this devastatingly life changing statistic. It can happen so fast and forever change your world. #drowningprevention #helpspreadawareness #knowledgeispower #stopdrowningnow
Speaking on the US Today show last month, Morgan said that there’s not a day she doesn’t wish for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different.
“Now, we have this opportunity to make other parents’ days different,” she said.
“We have the choice to live our days with purpose, to make sure that no other parents had to feel what we’re feeling.”