Missy and Jase Robertson, best known as stars of A&E’s hit reality show “Duck Dynasty,” join The Doctors to discuss a medical struggle the family has endured for the past 12 years.
Having always wanted a daughter, Missy explains how excited she was to learn she was pregnant with a baby girl. However, at a regular ultrasound appointment, she was given the devastating news that there was a problem. The couple’s daughter, Mia, was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. She was unable to eat without choking and needed numerous surgeries to correct the structural deformities in her face.
The family came together to support Mia as best they could, gaining strength through their religious faith and finding as much information about her condition as possible. They also reached out to the International Craniofacial Institute to begin repairs to her lip and nose.
Mia, now age 12, has since undergone eight separate surgeries and will require further operations as she continues to grow and develop to adulthood.
“We have been through the journey that we’re still on, but Mia has just become a phenomenal young lady – very confident and self-assured – and we wanted to share that story as hope for other people,” Missy says. Missy details the family’s journey in her new book, “Blessed, Blessed … Blessed.”
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Since March 2014, the family has been running the Mia Moo Fund, a charitable organization that raises awareness and funds for research and treatments for cleft lips and palates. Jase and Missy add that when Mia was born, they felt confused and struggled to get information and assistance to help them navigate the course of treatment for their daughter. Jase says they began the Mia Moo Fund to help other families more easily find the information and financial assistance they need.