Almost a year after Olympic skier Bode Miller and his volleyball star wife lost their 19-month-old daughter in an accidental drowning in a neighbor's swimming pool, Morgan Miller is working to raise awareness about water safety.
In an Instagram post, Morgan Miller shared a PSA she made with another mother who lost a child to drowning. In it, they share details of what happened to their families and educate others on how to avoid the same fate.
Both mothers encouraged parents to make a water safety plan.
"Time is not on our side when it comes to water. And even though my daughter was resuscitated there was too much damage to her brain for her to survive," Morgan Miller said. "It takes seconds."
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Almost one year ago, on June 10th, @nicolehughes8 and I became accidental advocates for water safety when we both endured a parent’s worst nightmare...we lost our babies to drowning. Since then, we have partnered with the aap @healthychildrenaap along with many other incredible organizations to eliminate this preventable tragedy. In an effort to protect parents hearts and families futures from enduring one of life’s unthinkable events, we continue to spread awareness. Did you know that drowning is the NUMBER ONE cause of death for children under 5? Did you know that most drownings happen during non swim times when you think your baby is playing on the family room floor? With a holiday weekend quickly approaching, be vigilant, be aware and be a voice to spread awareness. Do not rely on the visual stimulation of water to trigger your awareness. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend! #Drowning #DrowningPrevention #WaterSafety #PoolSafety #HealthyChildren #Parents #Parenthood #Parenting #InstaParenting #ParentingTips #baby #babies #child #children #kids #toddler #toddlers #MemorialDay #HolidayWeekend
Emmy Miller was 19 months old when she died following a drowning accident in Orange County, Calif last June. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is responsible for more deaths among children ages 1-4 than any other cause except for birth defects, and children ages 1-4 have the highest drowning rates. Furthermore, for children 1-4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools.
"With a holiday weekend quickly approaching, be vigilant, be aware and be a voice to spread awareness," Morgan Miller wrote on Instagram. Do not rely on the visual stimulation of water to trigger your awareness."
At the time of Emmy's death, Morgan Miller, 32, was pregnant with her third child, son Easton, who was born last October. (Bode Miller, 41, also has two children from previous relationships.) The couple