It has been less than six months since Olympian skier Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan Miller, lost their daughter in a tragic drowning incident in a neighbor’s pool.
In the throes of grief, the couple bravely came forward to talk about their 19-month-old daughter Emmy’s tragic ending, and to warn parents about the very real threat of child drowning.
Morgan Miller was pregnant when Emmy passed away.
She and Bode welcomed a son on Oct. 5, a milestone day of celebration tinted with the heartbreaking sorrow of Emmy’s passing.
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When we walked out of the hospital without our Emmy, despair and uncertainty surrounded us. The parting words from the medical staff, in those early hours after we lost our baby Emmy, was to check on the baby in my tummy. So, 5 days after losing her, I reluctantly had the ultrasound tech come check on the baby growing in my belly. To step into my future without my daughter felt like a dagger to my heart. How can life change so quickly? During the last ultrasound, my baby Emmy lay in my arms wondering what she was looking at on the screen. And, now, she was gone. This time, I asked the tech to be quick. She asked if I wanted a 3D image to which I replied, “no.” She swiftly maneuvered the wand around my stomach, checking on all parts. As she viewed the baby’s profile, she told me, “I know you don’t want a 3D image but this is a perfect angle and I feel like I need to do one. I will be quick.” As the screen switched over to 3D imaging, I saw my sweet baby’s face. He looked so much like my other babies: just like Bode with that sweet nose and those full lips. But as quickly as I saw this new baby, my eyes moved to the angel lying to the right of his face, holding him, arms around his neck. Almost as if to say, “It’s okay. I’m here. It’s going to be okay. I love you.” I hold onto this picture as a clear sign that my son knows his sister. That my baby girl Emmy is still with us. And now that our sweet baby boy is here earth side, he now holds her.
About a month after her son’s birth, Morgan posted an ultrasound photo of her unborn baby, which was taken only five days after Emmy died.
Reflecting on the image, which clearly shows her newborn’s face, Morgan noticed another image that she said resembled an angel.
“He looked so much like my other babies, just like Bode with that sweet nose and those full lips,” Morgan wrote.
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“But as quickly as I saw this new baby, my eyes moved to the angel lying to the right of his face, holding him, arms around his neck. Almost as if to say, ‘It’s okay. I’m here.”’
Morgan won’t get to watch the siblings grow up together as her heart had envisioned.
But she believes her son will still feel a special bond with the sibling he didn’t get to meet.
“I hold onto this picture as a clear sign that my son knows his sister,” Morgan wrote.
“That my baby girl Emmy is still with us. And now that our sweet baby boy is here earth side, he now holds her.”
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