Bode Miller's wife Morgan Beck shares devastating photo of dying daughter as she pleads to hold
Culled from Mirror
The wife of Olympic skier Bode Miller has shared a heartbreaking post of her cradling her dying daughter after she drowned in a neighbour's pool.
Morgan Beck found 19-month-old Emeline Miller floating in the water after she slipped out the door while they were visiting neighbours in Orange County, California on June 10.
In an image shared on Instagram on Friday Emeline is pictured hooked up to medical equipment, with at least two paramedics trying to save her life.
Beck, 31, is clutching hold of her little girl with her face contorted in agony.
Emmeline lays limp in her arms as emergency workers give her what appears to be oxygen from a tank through a tube connected to her mouth and nose.
Morgan cradling her dying daughter Emeline after she drowned in a neighbour's pool (Image: Morganebeck/Instagram)
Olympic skier Bode Miller with his little girl (Image: Millerbode/Instagram)
Emeline's eyes are shut and she looks to be unconscious.
On the post, Morgan, who is currently pregnant with her third child, wrote: "I wish I could have one more day to hold you, but until that day comes, continue to work through me and give me the strength to bring awareness, my love.
"I told you as I held you in this moment that you could still change the world, you could still move mountains. Every step we take forward is because of you and Levi. Your footprint will forever be left on this world. I love you, My baby girl."
The couple have opened up about their loss saying they felt it was their 'duty' to warn other parents about the dangers of water.
Beck compared the risk of childhood drowning to a "lion" or a "kidnapper" that could claim a child's life in 30 seconds.
The day she died the family had been to a birthday party before Emmy kissed her father goodbye as he took the couple's eldest daughter to a softball game.
Morgan said she and her other children then went to visit one of their neighbors who she described as like "family to us."
She told the Today programme she was enjoying a cup of tea while Emmy ran back and forth playing in front of them - but suddenly, she got a sinking feeling in her stomach.
“All of the sudden, it was just too quiet for me," she added.
"We’re in mid-conversation and I stood up. And I turned and I went right to where the boys were and I said ‘Where’s Emmy?’”
“My heart sank and I opened the door and she was floating in the pool. And I ran and jumped in."
“There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t pray for the opportunity to go back to that day and make it different. But now we have this opportunity to make other parents’ days different,” Morgan added.
Bode said it wasn’t an easy decision to open up and added: "It's an obligation to some degree.
"I think it does, in some way, help to heal a little bit. That maybe we're preventing it from happening to somebody else.”
In June he paid a heart-rending tribute to his daughter, telling how he was "beyond devastated and adding that "her love, her light, her spirit will never be forgotten".
On Instagram he shared several pictures of the little girl, along with a video showing her being kissed on the cheek by her mum.
She can be heard saying "Hi, Dada".
Miller wrote: "We are beyond devastated.
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Miller, 40, is the most decorated male US skier, with 33 World Cup wins, two titles, four world championships and six Olympic medals to his name. He retired in 2017 and began investing in racing horses.
Emeline was his second child with Morgan, a professional volleyball player and model. They also have son Nash Skan Miller, born in May 2015. She is pregnant with their third child.
Miller has two children from previous relationships.
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My view: This is so sad and heartbreaking, I feel for this Morgan she'll forever blame herself for the tragic accident, kids move very fast as they are very curious, even when you don't take your eyes off them. Parents can prevent swimming pool accidents like this from happening by building safety fence, it should be compulsory especially for those with small children. Government should make safety fence a legal obligation, for anyone with a pond, swimming pool or spa. I honestly don't know why some people object to pool fencing, but it is a necessity, as it'll not alter the beauty of your mansion or home. There are stylish ones and lots of choices just look around and choose the product that suits you. I hope Bode Miller and his wife Morgan Beck will continue to speak out for pool safety fencing. Fences should be as unclimbable as possible, and be fitted with a childproof lock. Ideally they should also be self-closing. The only reason why some people object to pool fencing is that, they think it can detract from the overall appearance of the garden. There should also be an alarm system fitted near the pool to alert adults incase of an emergency. We have smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and maybe even a security alarm inside our homes but what about outside If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, and you have children, the potential for an accident is high. One of the easiest and least expensive ways to prevent a child from being injured or worse, drowning is a pool alarm.