Toddler drowns in swimming pool - then her pregnant mum sees her face in unborn son’s ultrasound
It comforted her just when she needed it most
By Practical Parenting team
November 14 2018
A pregnant mum whose 19-month-old daughter, Emmy, died when she accidentally fell into a neighbour’s pool has spoken about the comforting message she received during a hospital appointment, just five days later.
Morgan Beck, a former US professional beach volleyball player, and her husband Bode Miller, an Olympic skier, were still reeling from the devastating loss of their little daughter when she was advised to check on the health of their unborn son and have an ultrasound scan.
Revealing the story on Instagram, on what would have been Emmy’s second birthday, Morgan said, “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.”
The radiographer offered to snap a 3-D image of her unborn son, but Morgan said no. He took one anyway, excited to have the perfect angle for a clear and close-up 3-D shot.
When Morgan took a closer look at the ultrasound image, she saw something that gave her goosebumps — an photograph that she describes as the “angel” of her unborn baby’s late sister.
“He looked so much like my other babies, just like Bode with that sweet nose and those full lips,” Morgan wrote. “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. “
Bode and Morgan’s son was born on October 5, 2018.
The Millers have spoken about what happened to their daughter to warn other parents about the dangers of swimming pools with the hope they can prevent another family from suffering a similar tragedy.
They post photos of their beloved little girl and have started a charity to help parents realise it only takes 30 seconds for a child to drown in a pool.
Along with their newborn son, the couple also has a 3-year-old son together, and Bode Miller has a son and a daughter from two previous relationships.