They’re taking precautions. Bode Miller and Morgan Miller have decided to start teaching their six-month-old son, Easton, how to swim nearly one year after their daughter Emeline tragically drowned in a neighbor’s pool. In the wake of Emmy’s death, the couple has become fierce advocates for water safety.
“I think if you talk to any parent whose lost a child to drowning, the research you start to do, where I saw 6-month-old babies and one-year-olds and 16-month-olds, 19-month-olds, swimming — that could’ve been Emmy,” Morgan, 32, said on Today which aired April 25. “That should’ve been Emmy. And it was that easy to commit to one session of what we’re doing now,” the professional beach volleyball player explained while fighting back tears. “It would’ve changed everything.”
According to statistics, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death in children ages one to four. Now, Bode, 41, and Morgan are determined to use their heartbreaking experience to spread awareness about the importance of pool barriers and drowning prevention. Their son is currently in 10-minute water safety lessons every day for a month to teach him everything he needs to know.
“Being a parent is inherently scary,” Bode, a former Olympic skier, said while sharing his thoughts on the matter. “You’re worried about your food or your screen time or whatever, but the number one thing that can take your child, where none of that stuff is relevant, is drowning.”
At the end of the interview, Morgan said that having Easton has added so much “love” in their lives, and she thinks every moment they spend together as a family is truly a blessing. “Life after death, it’s a way to heal,” she explained. As far as how they’re coping with the devastating loss in June 2018, Bode said, “It’s been a learning process for all of us.”
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