As painful as it can be to talk about the death of their daughter earlier this summer, Bode Miller and Morgan Beck Miller know they have to.
“It’s an obligation to some degree,” the former Olympian told Savannah Guthrie in an emotional “Today” show interview that aired Monday. “I think it does in some way help a little bit that maybe we’re preventing it from happening to someone one else.”
“We have the choice to live our days with purpose to make sure that no other parent has to feel what we’re feeling,” Morgan followed up.
On June 10, the couple’s 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, drowned in a swimming pool at a neighbor’s house in Orange County, Calif.
Describing the harrowing incident, Morgan said, “I turned around and the door that leads to the backyard — that was closed — had this tiny sliver of light coming through the side. And my heart sank and I opened the door and she was floating in the pool. And I ran and I jumped in.”
Although Emmy was pulled from the water with a pulse, and doctors initially told the family there was a chance she would survive, her brain had been deprived of oxygen for too long and she died the next day at the hospital.
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the day to go back to that day and make it different,” Morgan said. “But now we have this opportunity to make other parents’ days different.”
In the aftermath of their daughter’s untimely passing, the Millers are doing everything they can to draw attention to the importance of water safety education. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children 1 to 4 years old, NBC reiterated during the segment.
In addition to speaking openly about their loss, the couple also announced plans last month to donate to water safety education programs.
“I want to remember her as my baby girl,” Morgan added. “She brought so much to our lives. And now she’s helping us bring so much to everyone else’s lives.”
SOURCE: Page Six – Bryan Hood