In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Duck Dynasty‘s Jase, Missy Robertson talk about their daughter Mia’s struggle with cleft lip and palate.
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Duck Dynasty’s Jase, Missy Robertson talk about their daughter Mia’s struggle with cleft lip and palate (photo Us Weekly)
Jase and Missy Robertson reveal they endured the challenge of their lives when their daughter Mia, now 10, was born with a cleft lip and palate.
Mia Robertson is their youngest child – joining big brothers Reed, now 18, and Cole, 16 – faced more than just cosmetic problems, and has had five vital surgeries so far.
In an extensive interview for the new issue of Us Weekly, Jase Robertson, 44, and Missy Robertson, 43, reveal that raising a bright, gifted child with special needs has transformed and enriched their lives forever.
Duck Dynasty’s Mia Robertson, the 10-year-old daughter of Jase and Missy Robertson, was born with a cleft lip and palate.
Missy and Jase Robertson recently launched the Mia Moo Fund, whose slogan is “Because Every Kid Deserves A Smile,” to raise awareness and help children with similar problems.
Missy Robertson revealed the story of Mia’s cleft lip and palate on the fund website:
“Jase & I learned that Mia had a cleft lip and possible cleft palate at 31 weeks gestation, thanks to a 4-D ultrasound. We were able to prepare ourselves and our boys, as best as we knew how, for a few weeks before she was born at 37 weeks gestation.
Mia Elaine Robertson was born on September 12, 2003, with a bilateral cleft lip and palate & it was through a mutual friend, we met a family in our area who had a son born with this same condition just a few months before Mia. This family lead us to the International Craniofacial Institute in Dallas, Texas, where we traveled when Mia was 17 days old. They checked her from head to toe and fitted her with a palatal appliance in order to give a “fake roof” to her mouth.
Ten-year-old Mia Robertson was born with a cleft lip and palate
This helped tremendously in the feeding process as it aided in allowing her milk to travel down her throat instead of out her nose. We did our best to fatten her up over the next few weeks in order to get her healthy enough for her first surgery, correction of the cleft lip. At 3 months old, Mia underwent her first corrective surgery. Jase and I were prepared to physically take care of our daughter, but we were not prepared emotionally as to how different she would look after this surgery. We had fallen in love with that sweet face for 3 months and were not prepared for the swelling and stitches that we saw in the recovery room. It was a very emotional time.
Our baby looked so different, and we actually wondered if it would have been better if we had chosen not to put her through the surgery. In just a couple of days, the swelling diminished entirely, and we soon realized that this indeed was the best thing to do for our child. I try to help parents in this regard so they do not experience the same trauma that we did. Mia healed quickly, and we continued to prepare her for the next surgery. She had palate correction surgery at 7 months old. After having her palatal appliance cleaned 3-5 times a day for 7 months, Mia now had her own natural palate. She was a happy baby who loved her mama and hardly ever wanted to be away from me. This is extremely common with babies who need so much medical attention. No worries. I took her to work with me at Duck Commander, and she played on the floor and with her Mamaw Kay while we worked…”
Duck Dynasty Season 5 ended this week with one of its most touching episodes yet – the Robertson family showed its support as Mia Robertson pursued another cleft palate surgery.
However, in spite of all the praise on Facebook, Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale still performed at a lower level comparing with Season 4 finale.
Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale drew 6.0 million viewers overall with 3.2 million among adults 18-49. That’s a 28% drop from the 8.4 million total viewers who watched the Season 4 finale on October 23 last year and a fall of 27% in the key demo result of 4.4 million.
This week’s finale was also down 29% from the 8.5 million overall viewers who tuned in for the Season 5 premiere on January 15.
Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale showed the Robertson family support for little Mia before another cleft palate surgery
Analysts say Phil Robertson last year’s controversy is to blame for the continuous fallout of the show.
Several months later, Phil Robertson is still dealing with the backlash from the controversial comments he made in his fateful GQ magazine interview. In spite of accusations related to homophobia and racism, the Duck Dynasty patriarch managed to maintain a presence on the popular reality series. Unfortunately, ratings for Season 5 finale were a huge disappointment, particularly when compared to the show’s performance at the end of Season 4.
Some fans are wondering whether the low ratings could be the result of continued boycotting from those still bothered by Phil Robertson’s statements. After all, a number of dedicated viewers changed their mind about the show in the aftermath of his controversial GQ interview. But other fans made it clear on Twitter that the debacle had convinced them to stand strong for Phil Robertson they were glad to see a reality star speaking out on his Christian beliefs and they wanted more.
However, Phil Robertson still retains the support of his family.
During a recent interview with CNN, Phil Robertson’s son, Willie, explained: “Anybody who knows [Phil Robertson] – any gay, straight, black, white – anybody who knows Phil knows that he is about love and his message is about God’s love, and God’s grace, and God’s forgiveness, ultimately.”
Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale showed a big family reunion before little Mia Robertson’s cleft lip and palate surgery.
Phil Robertson’s sister and brother-in-law Gordon showed up early for the reunion.
Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale showed a big family reunion before little Mia Robertson’s cleft lip and palate surgery
Gordon shows up in a pink polo and khakis.
When Gordon says he’s a better shot than Phil Robertson at duck hunting. After a getting a mud baptism and borrowing some stinky old hunting clothes, it turns out polo-wearing Gordon isn’t as good as a hunter as he made himself out to be. He does get one duck, redeeming himself slightly in Phil Robertson’s eyes, but it’s doubtful the “yuppie” will be invited back to the duck blind.
In the end, there’s a big bunch of extended family, a lot of camo and beards, a couple of semi-professional wrestlers to spar against, a ton of food and a very brave Mia Robertson who won’t be able to eat solid food for a three months.
Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale showed little Mia Robertson, Jase and Missy’s daughter, facing her fifth surgery to address her cleft lip and palate.
Before Mia’s surgery, Jase and Missy Robertson give her the option to do whatever she wants as a big send off. After hearing about some famous Uncle Willie and her father’s wrestling matches, Mia Robertson chooses a big family reunion, with all of the extended cousins as well.
Jase and Willie Robertson rent a full-sized wrestling ring to really show off the Robertson skills for Mia
First they have to set up for the shindig, and Jase Robertson doesn’t want to let Mia down.
While he doesn’t like decorating, Jase Robertson is making this event count.
Jase and Willie Robertson rent a full-sized wrestling ring to really show off the Robertson skills for Mia.
After Duck Dynasty’s Mia Robertson underwent her recent facial cleft surgery, the Robertson family has started a non-profit organization to help raise awareness and to help fund research for children with cleft lips and palates.
Missy and Jase Robertson’s daughter had surgery on January 3, and is recovering speedily.
Mia Robertson was born with a facial cleft, and had her first surgery when she was just three months old (photo Twitter)
Mia Robertson, now 11, was born with a facial cleft, and had her first surgery when she was just three months old. Cleft lips and palates form in the womb, resulting in a gap in the upper lip or the roof of the mouth because the tissue did not fully form during early pregnancy.
Jase and Missy Robertson started the Mia Moo Fund, a non-profit organization to help raise awareness and fund research for causes and treatments of cleft lips and palates.
Wednesday’s Duck Dynasty Season 5 finale will center on Mia Robertson’s journey with a facial cleft and highlight how her family has rallied around her in loving support and prayer.