The 19-month-old daughter of Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife Morgan Beck Miller died in June this year after drowning in a pool.
Paramedics performed CPR on Emmy before she was rushed to a hospital but they were unable to revive the toddler.
“Our baby girl, Emmy, passed away yesterday,” the couple wrote on Instagram in June.
“Never in a million years did we think we would experience a pain like this. Her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten.”
Months after the tragic incident, Today reported that Morgan shared an ultrasound image of her new son, which was taken only five days after their daughter passed away.
Morgan was pregnant when the incident happened. The baby boy was born on Oct. 5 exactly a month before what would have been his sister Emmy’s second birthday.
Morgan said that the photo, which she shared on Instagram, shows her boy and the “angel” of his dead sister who was protecting him.
She said that five days after losing her daughter, she reluctantly had an ultrasound tech check on her unborn baby. She added that she actually declined the tech’s offer of a 3D image, but the tech still took one saying that he had the perfect angle.
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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.
Morgan quickly noticed something when she looked at the ultrasound image of her child.
“He looked so much like my other babies, just like Bode with that sweet nose and those full lips,” she wrote on Instagram. “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.”
She said that she is holding onto the picture as a clear sign that her new son knows his sister, and that Emmy is still with them.
Following the death of their daughter, Bode and Morgan have embarked on a mission to raise awareness about the dangers of drowning. They hope that sharing their story can help prevent the tragedy they experienced from happening to somebody else.
Figures from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that nearly 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning.
Pool safety expert Allyson Perez told Today that parents should get their babies in the water as early as 3 months. They will not learn to swim when they are this young but Perez said that this will build the foundation and skills that can make children confident in the water.