Top U.S. ski champion Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, lost their youngest child, Emeline “Emmy” Grier Miller, in a pool drowning accident in early June.
The grief-stricken couple publicly talked about their loss in late July and now Morgan Miller has shared a heartbreaking photo of the last time she held her 19-month-old daughter.
Miller is weeping in the photo as she cradles Emmy, who is hooked up to machines with tubes and wires.
“I wish I could have one more day to hold you,” Miller wrote. “Your footprint will forever be left on this world,” she said.
Emergency crews were called to a neighbor’s home in the upscale gated community of Coto de Caza in Orange County, California, on June 9 on reports of a pool drowning.
Morgan Miller had been visiting the neighbor when the drowning occurred.
Paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive the little girl, but she died in the hospital the next day.
Emmy was the youngest of the Millers’ four children.
Miller said she was releasing the photo to bring awareness to the issue of child drowning, CNN reported.
After birth defects, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.