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Bode Miller Opens Up About His Daughter’s Accidental Drowning Death

Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children between the ages of one- and four-years-old.

TODAY

On June 10, Bode and Morgan Miller’s 19-month-old daughter accidentally drowned in their neighbor’s swimming pool. After over a month of grieving, the couple is finally speaking about the traumatizing event in an interview with TODAY, not only sharing more details about that fateful day but issuing a warning to other parents about the potential dangers of backyard pools.

According to the Millers, they were visiting a friend’s pool as they often did during the week. Considering it a safe environment, the couple usually allowed Emmy to play with her brothers around the house, although rarely would she venture more than 15 feet away. Morgan became unnerved, however, when things got “too quiet.” After running outside to check on things, she found Emmy floating face down in the pool. Morgan performed CPR while the neighbor called 911, but Emmy later died due to a lack of oxygen to the brain.

“We have the choice to live our days with purpose, to make sure that no other parent has to feel what we’re feeling,” said Morgan Miller.

While opening up has been an extremely stressful experience, especially as the couple anticipates the birth of their next baby, Bode said he felt that sharing their story is “an obligation.” They hope that their story might help make other parents more vigilant.

Just earlier this month, one dad’s video of his toddler climbing what was supposed to be an unclimbable pool ladder went viral and sparked a discussion about the dangers of owning a backyard pool given how easily children can fall in. Accidental drowning is still extremely common in the US, with the CDC reporting that around 10 people die from it every day. One out of every five people who die this way is under 14-years-old. In fact, drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death of children between the ages of one and four-years-old, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents never leave their children alone near any body of water ever.